Friendly’s closes 6 restaurants, 2 in Mass.

An old Friendly’s location in Brighton. –STEVEN SENNE/Associated Press

Friendly’s has shuttered six more restaurants around the Northeast, including five in New England, company officials said.

The now-closed locations were in Seekonk; Springfield (Sumner Avenue); Bennington, Vt.; Rutland, Vt.; Dover, N.H.; and East Greenbush, N.Y.

The restaurant chain’s first location was opened by Prestley and Curtis Blake in Springfield in 1935. The brothers sold double-dip ice cream cones for 5 cents each in a small shop they called Friendly, committing early on to providing “warm, caring, neighborly service to all who visit,’’ according to the Friendly’s website.


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