by Marc Hurwitz
What had once been a large regional chain of restaurants and ice cream shops continues to disappear from the local landscape, with one of its last remaining Boston-area locations closing.
According to a source, Friendly's in Waltham is no longer in business, with a Facebook post from The Waltham Channel saying that the Lexington Street shop has indeed shut its doors. With the closing of the Waltham location, there are now only three Friendly's outlets left inside Route 128--Logan Airport in East Boston, Saugus, and Stoneham. The chain used to have more than 400 locations but it filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and now has about half that amount.
The Wilbraham-based Friendly's, which first started out in Springfield in 1935, is known in part for its ice cream products, including sundaes, fribbles, and floats, with its restaurants also serving such items as burgers and seafood dishes. (Its website can be found at https://www.friendlys.com/)
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