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Friendly’s is an American restaurant chain that is predominantly located along the East Coast of the United States. Today, there are about 250 Friendly’s restaurants. The chain mainly offers diner-inspired cuisines and is commonly known for its multiple ice cream flavors. 

Most of its restaurants are located in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Hamphshire, New York, South Carolina, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, and Delaware.

What time does Friendly’s open?

Monday11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Tuesday11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Wednesday11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Thursday11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Friday11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Saturday11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Sunday11:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Is Friendly’s open today? Is Friendly’s open tomorrow?

Is Friendly’s open on Sunday? Yes, it is open

Friendly’s closing time

What time does Friendly’s close? Usually, it closes at 08:00 PM

History

Friendly’s was started by brothers Curtis and Prestley Blake in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1935. This was during the Great Depression. The brothers sold ice cream and double-dip cones for 5 cents each and initially named the shop “Friendly”. 

By 1940, they had a second Friendly outlet in West Springfield. They were, however, forced to close the business when the World War II started. They re-opened after the war was over. 

By 1951, they had 10 shops operating in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. This grew to 500 restaurants in 1974. New locations included Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast. The brothers opened a food processing and distribution plant in Troy, Ohio the same year. 

Friendly was later sold to Hershey Foods Corporation in 1979. It was now operated as a wholly owned subsidiary. In 1988, it was bought by Donald N. Smith and became part of Tennessee Foods. Smith added the “s” in Friendly’s in 1989. 

In 1998, the chain of restaurants was bought and converted to Bob Evans. Kim Andereck became the vice president of franchise development. He led the franchise part of the program and thanks to his efforts, up to 50% of Friendly’s locations are currently franchise-owned. 

The restaurant was later bought in 2007 by Sun Capital Condos for $337 million. It was changed back to Friendly’s and the first store under the name Friendly’s Express was opened in Mansfield, Massachusetts. 

The company announced that it would be closing all 14 locations in Ohio on November 25, 2014. Friendly’s ice cream manufacturing business was sold to Dean Foods for $155 million on June 20, 2016. However, Sun Capital Partners remained the owner of the chain.

Friendly’s Holiday Hours – Open

DateHoliday
January 21Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14Valentine’s Day
February 18President’s Day
March 5Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday
March 17St. Patrick’s Day
April 19Good Friday
April 22Easter Monday
May 5Cinco de Mayo
May 27Memorial Day
July 04Independence Day
September 02Labor Day
June 16Father’s Day
May 12Mother’s Day
October 14Columbus Day
October 31Halloween
November 11Veterans Day
November 29Black Friday
December 24Christmas Eve
December 26Day after Christmas
December 31New Year’s Eve
January 01New Year’s Day

Friendly’s Holiday Hours – Closed

DateHoliday
April 22Easter Monday
November 28Thanksgiving Day
December 25Christmas Day

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Friendly’s makes more than 25 million gallons of ice cream annually. Ice cream is sold alongside other food offerings prepared for lunch, dinner, desert, and breakfast.

Key facts

Friendly’s holds a Guinness World Record award for producing the Largest Dessert Party. The company’s dedication to offering Americans the most cherished ice creams has seen it become part of millions of occasions in a span of 80 years. 

It has also been popular over the years with some of its slogans. Examples of these include “Deliciously fun”, “Life with extra sprinkles” and “Where ice cream makes the meal”.

Conclusion

Friendly’s has a commitment to serving customers its handcrafted ice cream and delicious food while creating a heart-warming and memorable experience at its restaurants. The chain has been part of several local organizations in America and continues to support the local community through its Acts of Friendly’sness program. It also rewards those that take actions to make the world a much friendlier place through its “Deliciously Celebrated” program.

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