In March 2016, the famously clutter-filled chain T.G.I. Friday's introduced the first prototype for its spartan new design concept in Corpus Christi, Texas. The most startling aspect of this otherwise inoffensive space is the complete lack of Friday's characteristic kitsch.
No tin signs or pedal cars adorn the walls; there's no dark wood or Tiffany-style lamps; there are no chipper red-and-white stripes to be found anywhere. For antiques lovers, this cultural shift raises a question: What happens to all that well-loved memorabilia when a restaurant pares down?