Minority Owned Jackmont Hospitality Owns The Local TGI Fridays Franchise


Many of us have spent our time during happy hour at TGI FRIDAYS restaurant located at 316 Adams Farm Dr. (Northlake Crossing) in Columbus. However, few people realize that the local franchise is minority owned. In addition you may be surprised to know that Valerie Richardson Jackson, the widow of the former mayor of Atlanta, Georgia Maynard Jackson, is one of the principal owners of our local franchise operating under the firm of Jackmont Hospitality.

In the 1930s, when the South was segregated and racial tension was high, Reverend Maynard Jackson, Sr., and his wife, Dr. Irene Dobbs Jackson, established a small family resort in the North Georgia Mountains. “Jackson's Mountain,” as it came to be known, provided a refuge where family and friends could come and enjoy good food and warm, attentive hospitality in an otherwise hostile time. The resort's restaurant served families for several years.

Years later, Reverend Jackson's son, Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., his daughter, Brooke Jackson Edmond, and her associate, Daniel Halpern, came together to form a full-service foodservice management company. In honor of the Jackson family history, they named the firm “Jackmont” Hospitality.

Since beginning operations in 1994, Jackmont Hospitality has grown to own multiple casual dining restaurants and manage dining programs for clients in corporations and healthcare and educational institutions. The same attentive service provided at the Jackson family resort is still evident at Jackmont Hospitality today where we have earned a reputation for our commitment to excellence and attention to detail. From a strong foundation, we have built a company with employees who believe in our mission and are passionate about what they do.

Jackmont Hospitality is “One Family Serving Many”.

Atlanta Restaurant Partners

Atlanta Restaurant Partners (ARP) was formed in 2003 after the untimely passing of Jackmont Hospitality’s co-founder and principal, Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. ARP is an Atlanta-based franchise and foodservice management company. Jackmont Hospitality provides management services for ARP.

Jackmont Hospitality Principals

Pictured above: Daniel Halpern Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder; Brooke Jackson Edmond, Executive Vice President and Co-founder; Valerie Richardson Jackson, Chairman of the Board and Principal.

We’d say that restaurants are our bread ’n butter, but that’s a little cliché. As one of the fastest-growing franchises of TGI FRIDAYS® — one of the top restaurant franchises – Jackmont Hospitality has the strategic and financial management skills necessary to run a successful restaurant. We own and operate 40 TGI FRIDAYS® locations throughout the The United States, as well as the award-winning One Flew South™, located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Of course, we’re only as good as our team, and fortunately, they’re great. The JackmontHospitality team knows how to provide good food and great service and create a warm and friendly environment for our guests.

Jackmont Hospitality owns and operates 40 TGI FRIDAYS® franchise locations throughout the United States, yielding projected annual sales of $100 million and serving more than 200,000 guests weekly. TGI FRIDAYS® is a world-class leader in American casual dining with 50 years of experience in the marketplace. The dining experience at a Friday’s combines authentic and imaginative American food, exciting and innovative drinks, and a one-of- a-kind service experience to turn any day into a FRIDAY!

The local franchise offers a FREE private breakfast for your group or organization for up to 25 people. To schedule your breakfast please call 404.505.8188 and become a member of The Breakfast Club.