HELLO and welcome to the PM Business Briefing, as Fridays, part of newly listed Hostmore plc, has announced a “new era” in its UK operations with the opening of the first Fridays and Go quick service restaurant, in Scotland.

It will offer "iconic" items from the famous Fridays menu "to those on the move or those that want to sit in".

The firm said Fridays and Go will offer that same “all American” feel “including a nod to nostalgia and heritage memorabilia”.


The restaurant on Reform Street in the centre of Dundee covers 2600 square feet and is expected to open in March.

Food and drink will be available to order digitally, with touch screens offering order and pay technology, and will be served in recyclable and compostable packaging. Click & Collect and delivery services will also be supported at the Dundee site.

The restaurant is expected to create 25 full and part-time jobs for people in the Dundee area. Fridays aims to open potentially up to 30 additional QSR sites across the UK in the next three years, subject to the brand’s success.

Robert B. Cook, Fridays chief executive, said: “We are extremely excited to be launching the first ever Fridays and Go in Dundee – a vibrant city with a proud history of jute, jam and journalism, fantastic people, two great football teams and a bustling student community.

“We are always looking to offer customers new experiences under the Fridays umbrella. Fridays and Go will deliver our best ever food at speed for customers on the move, with the iconic Fridays experience remaining a constant.

"We can’t wait to launch this new concept and continue to spread that Fridays Feeling further across the UK and particularly in Scotland.”

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