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Darien Friendly's Closes Its Doors After 40 Years

The Friendly's located at 275 Post Road in Darien closed its doors this week.
The Friendly's located at 275 Post Road in Darien closed its doors this week. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Friendly's Restaurant in Darien closed its doors this week after 40 years in business on busy Route 1.

The Darien location of the popular food and ice cream chain opened on the Post Road near the Norwalk border in 1974. The restaurant closed Tuesday, removing all signs from the building and the site.

The Friendly's chain of restaurants has been in operation since 1935, when it opened its first restaurant in Springfield, Mass. Since then, the chain has expanded along the entire East Coast. In October 2011, the company filed for bankruptcy and has since closed more than 100 locations.

Although diners will not be able to eat at the Friendly's anymore, there are still many restaurants on that stretch of Post Road near the Norwalk border, including Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Duchess, Rory's and Matsuri.

Calls to J&B Restaurant Partners, which owns the Darien location along with several others in Connecticut, were not returned.

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