Adam 12

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Friendly's in Auburn, photographed by Adam 12

As I type this, summer is waning in New England. And I want ice cream. So I’m making this list of Friendly’s, for me and for you.

 

I grew up on Friendly’s. When I was a kid, my Nana would take me to the Friendly’s Restaurant across the street from her house in Wakefield where my uncle worked. It would always be on a Friday night and she would always order the Fishamajig, whether it was Lent or not. And my uncle would always come out from the kitchen to say hello. Good memories. And lots of ice cream. I liked the Peanut Butter Cup Sundae the best.

 

The Wakefield Friendly’s was my “home” Friendly’s. But I was a Greenwood kid, so by the time I was old enough to ride my bike (Huffy BMX, kid) down Main St. over the town line, my friends and I were grabbing plates of fries and cones at the Melrose Friendly’s. In high school, the Friendly’s on Rt. 1 in Saugus became our go-to for breakfast on the days we’d cut class. You couldn’t beat the 2-2-2: Two eggs, two sausage or bacon, and toast for $2.22.

 

All of those Friendly’s Restaurants are long gone. As is the Stoneham location where I would bring my kids for birthday suppers or kiddie cones on hot summer days. We paid one last visit before that Friendly’s closed back in November of 2020 when the company filed for bankruptcy; I even wrote an elegy of sorts. Thankfully, the bankruptcy wasn’t the final nail in the coffin for Friendly’s.

 

My List of Friendly’s Resturants

Spurred by my colleague and fellow Friendly’s enthusiast Danae, I decided to track down the remaining Friendly’s Restaurants in the Greater Boston area. My list is below. You can search a full list here. Now, go get your Supermelt on. And finish it off with a Jim Dandy.

  • Boston

    1 Harborside Dr

    Terminal A – Logan Airport

    East Boston, MA 02128

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Peabody

    250 Andover Street

    Peabody, MA 01960

    Open Until 11:00 pm

  • Norwood

    1469 Providence Highway

    Norwood, MA 02062

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Marlboro

    157 Apex Drive

    Marlborough, MA 01752

    Open Until 10:30 pm

  • South Weymouth

    1021 Main Street

    South Weymouth, MA 02190

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Haverhill

    1160 Main Street

    Haverhill, MA 01830

  • Merrimack, NH

    710 Milford Road, Route 101A

    Route 101A

    Merrimack, NH 03054

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Concord, NH

    147 Loudon Road

    Concord, NH 03301

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Leominster

    482 North Main Street

    Leominster, MA 01453

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Pembroke

    146 Church Street

    Pembroke, MA 02359

    Open Until 9:00 pm

  • Attleboro

    10 Washington Street, Route 1, Route 1

    Attleboro, MA 02703

    Open Until 11:00 pm

  • Auburn

    697 Southbridge Street

    Auburn, MA 01501

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Gardner

    18 Pearson Boulevard

    Gardner, MA 01440

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Middleboro

    40 Bedford Road

    Middleboro, MA 02346

    Open Until 9:00 pm

  • Webster

    129 East Main Street

    Webster, MA 01570

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Plymouth

    47 Long Pond Road

    Plymouth, MA 02360

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Swansea

    748 G.A.R. Highway

    Route 6

    Swansea, MA 02777

    Open Until 10:00 pm

  • Fall River

    135 Marianno S. Bishop Boulevard

    Fall River, MA 02722

    Open Until 10:00 pm