Friendly Ice Cream Corp., which filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday after shuttering 63 stores overnight, has also closed a shop in Brookline.
The Coolidge Corner location was not part of the bankruptcy filing, according to a Friendly’s spokeswoman, but the restaurant was shuttered on Sunday. It was one of the few Friendly’s Express stores that the company has been testing.
These dining outlets are smaller than a traditional Friendly’s restaurant and have customers order at the counter from a limited menu. After closing the stores – about half of them in Massachusetts – Friendly’s will continue operating 424 shops, including three Friendly’s Express stores, in 16 states.
The family-friendly restaurant said a reorganization of the company is needed in light of the challenging economy, soaring supply costs, and changing customer tastes.