Friendly's frowns on Ohio, closing all of its restaurants at once

Customers approaching a Friendly's restaurant anywhere in Ohio are likely to walk away frowning.

The national restaurant chain abruptly ceased operations across the state this week when a franchise owner closed 14 Ohio locations at once.

Now dark are Friendly's restaurants in Westlake, Parma Heights, Middleburg Heights, Akron, North Canton and eight other communities.

Some of the restaurants had been operating for decades. Little explanation was given by the main office in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

"Unfortunately, there are no longer any Friendly's locations operating in Ohio," said company spokesman Ryan Levasseur. He provided a statement attributed to the franchise owner, APEX Eagle Hospitality Inc.

Read the Full Article

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.


Exclusive Content


In California, jobs are up, but traffic is down

The Bottom Line: Limited-service restaurants have not cut jobs in California, despite the $20 fast-food wage. But that doesn't mean it hasn't had an impact.


First-party catering emerges as a new frontier for restaurant tech

Tech Check: As catering booms, more tech companies are offering restaurants the tools to do it themselves.


Applebee's upgrades chicken sandwiches with new techniques and flavors

Behind the Menu: VP of Culinary Shannon Johnson introduced hand breading, a larger chicken breast and craveable flavor profiles to elevate the platform.


More from our partners