Although Veterans Day was officially recognized on Sunday, November 11th, many national restaurant chains are offering free meals and discounts on Monday, November 12th to honor veterans and active military and thank them for their service to our country. Among…

Greg MacDonald to Continue as President and CEO; Company Announces New Board Members Denver, CO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Quiznos, one of the nation’s premier quick-service restaurant chains and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, today announced it has named Harsha V. Agadi as…

Wilbraham, MA  (RestaurantNews.com)  This Saturday, January 21, Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC will offer customers free Fribbles®—its most iconic drink – as a way to say “thank you” for 76 years of support and loyalty. This, after the company announced its…

Fundraiser to Support Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s Chicago, IL  (RestaurantNews.com)  This week, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation launches its 31st annual ‘Cones for Kids’ campaign. The Valentine’s Day fundraiser will benefit 30 Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s programs. For a $1 donation,…

Sun Capital Partners Inc. got the nod Thursday from a judge to pilot its Friendly Ice Cream Corp. out of bankruptcy on a course that will resolve many of the restaurant chain’s financial troubles. The private-equity firm owned Friendly’s when…

You see them all across the country, in shopping malls and street corners, suburban towns and city centers: zombie restaurants. Many of the undead are part of familiar chains that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this year: Friendly’s, Chevys,…

Harsha Agadi, the fast-food veteran who signed on to lead Friendly Ice Cream Corp. last year, billed the failing company $243,000 for expenses in the year before it filed for bankruptcy, court records show. That’s in addition to nearly $190,000…

Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp. laid off 1,260 employees with almost no notice on Tuesday night. And there’s little that employees can do about it. Though workers have been mostly mute, one Dedham, Mass., waitress who had been with Friendly’s for…

Friendly Ice Cream Corporation and its subsidiaries (collectively “Friendly’s”), the operator of Friendly’s restaurants and a nationwide distributor of ice cream products, announced today that the Company has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy…

The Friendly’s restaurant chain is preparing for a possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and potential sale, said people familiar with the matter. Friendly Ice Cream Corp., which employs roughly 10,000 people and operates more than 500 restaurants known for sundaes…

July is National Ice Cream Month, when warm weather, holidays and family vacations combine to make this frosty treat a part of the sweet memories for everyday and special celebrations. In honor of this month-long celebration and National Ice Cream…

 Applebee’s President Mike Archer says that adding new and exciting menu items has turned the chain around. When it was purchased in 2007 by the IHOP chain, DineEquity was formed. The new company noticed that 30% of lost return customers…

If any book deserves a happy ending, it’s “A Friendly Life”, the new autobiography of Friendly Ice Cream Corp. co-founder S. Prestley Blake. The chain, which he founded with his brother Curtis L. Blake in 1935, is of course famous…

This nutritional U-turn is taking place at some of the unlikeliest of eateries, including Denny’s, IHOP, Friendly’s, Sizzler and even at the nation’s biggest casual dining chain, Applebee’s, where the numbers are eye-popping. For the first two months of 2011,…

As America ramps up its fight against bulging waist lines, restaurant chains are providing ammunition in the form of great-tasting menu items with 550 or fewer calories. The trend not only caters to increasing consumer demand for such items, but…

The ice cream sundae celebrates its 119th birthday Sunday, April 3rd. Since that time, ice cream sundaes have become a mainstay in the restaurant industry.  The traditional ice cream sundae is made up of vanilla ice cream with a flavored…

Today, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation launches its 30th annual ‘Cones for Kids’ campaign. The Valentine’s Day fundraiser will benefit 30 Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s program locations. For a $1 donation, Friendly’s provides restaurant guests with five Valentine’s Day cards, redeemable…

Friendly’s customers starting the new year with a resolution to choose better-for-you foods can turn to Friendly’s new menu, available from January 10 to February 27, 2011. Featuring under 555 calorie meals for $7.99 or less, the menu includes diverse…

As Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp. marks its 75th year, new CEO Harsha Agadi has an ambitious goal for the Wilbraham chain that generates $725 million in annual sales. “My immediate vision is to get this brand across $1 billion,” the…

The Friendly’s restaurant chain has taken the lead in the race for calorie-loaded sandwiches. The Massachusetts-based chain, with restaurants in Bradenton, Sarasota and Orlando, recently introduced its Grilled Cheese Burger Melt.  The sandwich consists of a 100% Black Angus beef…

To fit the concept more snugly into the fast casual niche, Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp. has made several adjustments to its Friendly’s Express concept, the second of which opened April 28 in Brookline, Mass.   A new menu focus on…