This is really bad news. I grew up with Friendlys. I introduced my children to Friendlys, and they enjoy it as much or more than I do. While in Florida this summer, I almost drove an hour just to eat in the closest outlet. Almost. Now, I guess I should have made the pilgrimage. It may have been my last chance.
One more reason not to visit the United States could be added to the list...
NB. The title refers to the name of a Friendlys product of many years ago. It was their signature milk shake, made with ice milk instead of ice cream. They were forced to change the name to Fribble at some point due to a trademark dispute with some jerk (my opinion). It tasted just as good with a different name, but wasn't the same. Just like the world will not be the same without Friendlys.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.