Another Corporate Casualty of COVID

Friendly's restaurant chain, known for its ice cream sundaes, has filed for Chapter 11
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 2, 2020 10:00 AM CST
Not-So-Sweet News for Friendly's Chain
This Oct. 5, 2011, file photo shows a sign displayed on the door at a Friendly's restaurant in Brunswick, Maine.   (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

Friendly's Restaurants, an East Coast dining chain known for its sundaes, is filing for bankruptcy protection. The company, which runs its restaurants under the parent company FIC Restaurants Inc., will sell substantially all of its assets to the restaurant company Amici Partners Group, per the AP. All 130 of its locations will remain open while it restructures under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said late Sunday. The pandemic has hit the restaurant sector hard, particularly those that rely on people in their dining rooms.

At least 10 chains have filed for bankruptcy protection since the pandemic began this year. But Friendly's Restaurants, like most other chains that have stumbled this year, had been struggling already. The Wilbraham, Mass., company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011 as well. Others filing for protection this year include the US arm of Le Pain Quotidien, CEC Entertainment (the parent company of Chuck E Cheese's), California Pizza Kitchen, Sizzler, and Ruby Tuesday.

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