Final scoops served at eight Friendly's restaurants in CNY

Friendlyâ??s restaurant in Fayetteville closed its doors for good at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday

The Friendlyâ??s restaurant in Fayetteville closed its doors for good at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

It is one of eight franchises across Central New York that will close by the end of the day, while more than a dozen others will remain open and operating under new ownership.

Kessler Family, LLC sold 35 of its franchise Friendly's to corporate Friendly's Ice Cream. A spokesperson said that the eight closing stores were "not performing as well as hoped," and corporate chose not to include the eight locations in its new purchase.

The eight closing stores are located in Liverpool, Rome, Fayetteville, Oneida, Cortland, Ithaca and two in the Southern Tier.

The Liverpool Friendlyâ??s on Oswego Road could be converted into a Moe's Southwest Grill. The Planning Board has been reviewing plans since at least May, which include possible changes to the building and outdoor patio seating.

All morning, customers poured into the Fayetteville Friendly's for a final visit and to tell the staff how much they would be missed. Friendly's has been a gathering spot for kids and families, and neighbors say they associate it with a lot of happy memories.

"My daughter is going into 8th grade in Wellwood. They usually come last day of school to get ice cream. She won't be able to do that this year," said Jennifer Williamson.

Closing restaurants:

1700 N. James Street, Rome, NY

145 W. State Rte. 281, Cortland, NY

7560 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY

501 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY

109 Genesee Street, Oneida, NY

323-325 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY

3604 Vestal Parkway, Vestal, NY

87 Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY

Transitioning restaurants:

2760 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY

10 South Main Street, Jamestown, NY

2502 West State Street, Olean, NY

3935 Dewey Avenue, Greece, NY

1206 Ridge Road, Webster, NY

4 Spencerport Road, Rochester, NY

3701 James Street, Syracuse, NY

192-196 West Bridge Street, Oswego, NY

287 Hamilton Street, Geneva, NY

3275 Erie Boulevard, Dewitt, NY

6555 Fourth Section Boulevard, Brockport, NY

2425 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY

3081 West Ridge Road, Rochester, NY

2717 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY

2309 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY

5407 West Genesee Street, Camillus, NY

170 Clinton Avenue, Cortland, NY

770 Miracle Drive, Rochester, NY

Box 2086, NYS Route 31, Clay, NY

338 Greece Ridge Center Mall, Rochester, NY

1148 Front Street, Binghamton, NY

561 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City, NY

301 East Main Street, Endicott, NY

Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY

41 Main Street, Hornell, NY

Riverside Plaza, W Pulteney St, Corning, NY

2669 Corning Road, Horseheads, NY

377 Main Street, Oneonta, NY

1233 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY

3450 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY

4350 Maple Road, Amherst, NY

6651 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY

1700 Burrstone Road, New Hartford, NY

3873 State Route 31, Liverpool, NY

697 Eastview Mall, Victor, NY (Express)

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