The sale of the Friendly's restaurant chain has been finalized and the owners have announced their plans going forward. Over the last several years, our area has seen the closure of Friendly's in Sangertown Square, Herkimer, Rome and Utica - leaving one lone restaurant on Burrstone Rd. in New Hartford. Now that the sale of the chain has been finalized, what does the future hold for our only existing Friendly's location?
The Friendly's Restaurant at 1700 North James Street in Rome will close this week, according to Kessler Family, LLC, the company that owns several of the stores. The Rome store was listed as one of the non profitable Friendly stores and thus placed on the closure list...
Another Moe's Southwest Grill is coming to the area.
Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri says the former Friendly's Restaurant on North Genesee Street will be torn down and will be replaced by a multi-tenant building anchored by Moe's.
The demolition is expected to begin soon and plans for the new building will be submitted to the city Planning Board within the next few weeks...
Citing the economic downtown and rising food costs, the parent of the Friendly’s restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday and closed 63 underperforming stores.
The 76-year-old franchise, based in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and known for its ice cream and hamburgers, will continue to operate more than 400 restaurants as it restructures.