The rise and fall of Friendly’s, which just filed for bankruptcy after 85 years in business

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Nov 8, 2020 · 7 min read

Since its founding in 1935, Friendly’s has had gains and losses. The chain has now filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Friendly’s restaurant.
Friendly’s restaurant.
Friendly’s restaurant. Photo: QualityHD/Shutterstock

By Erin McDowell

Friendly’s, then known simply as Friendly, was founded in 1935 by brothers Curtis and Prestley Blake.

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