What the Fribble?

Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

March 26th, 2018, 3:59 pm #21

The Friendly’s I remember in the 1980s had a serpentine counter — S-shape and had a simple breakfast and lunch menu.  It was usually stuffed with people AND SMOKERS.   It was the most smoke filled room I have ever been in.  Yes AND very LOUD.  Couldn’t get enough - as a newbie people had very provincial speech! ... but LOUD!!!
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

March 26th, 2018, 4:30 pm #22

NightStalker wrote:
Karly wrote: My kids loved that place when they were little...ice cream guaranteed at the end of the meal!  Does anyone know how long they've been there?  I remember going with my dad growing up once in awhile and with my friends after bowling candlepins.  Once we even stopped in after the prom all dressed up just for fun.  Sad to see them leave.
From what I remember, the plaza opened in the early 70's.  Friendly's was just an ice cream place, there was some type of drug store (not sure if they had a pharmacy) in the middle and China Port on the end (immediately stopping our trips to beverly for Chinese food!!)
Sounds right. Same with our family on the Beverly Chinese food trips being halted!
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Joined: June 20th, 2007, 11:54 pm

March 26th, 2018, 7:21 pm #23

Cathy (Admin) wrote:The two shutdowns were not related, he said, other than that the restaurants were underperforming. The Gloucester location is hard to get in and out of, and the Westfield Shops location suffered once the drive-thru went in at the location by the Mass. Pike, he said."

http://www.masslive.com/business-news/i ... ld_lo.html
I highly disagree the Gloucester Friendly's " is hard to get in and out of"! It was probably under performing due to the deplorable conditions inside and a bout of food poisoning a few years back!
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

March 26th, 2018, 7:27 pm #24

Well it wasn't the servers...they were fabulous.  Last time I ate there was a late breakfast before a rotary standout.  It was so much fun!  An elderly gentleman was in line beside me to be seated.  I'd never seen him before in my life. He turned to me and said "We have to stop meeting like this."  I smiled and then he said "Though it will enhance my reputation, it will damage yours."   OMG...I laughed.  He was seated near us and kept at it with the waitress who clearly knew him as a regular.  I noticed how good the servers were at interacting with customers and getting the job done.  I was impressed with the staff.
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Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

March 26th, 2018, 9:39 pm #25

Does anyone wish that the level of sadness and outrage over the closing of Friendly's might spill over to concerns about civic issues??
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

March 26th, 2018, 9:46 pm #26

I always wish that everything would spill over into concern about civic issues! And it is a growing group that are showing up for that.  
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Joined: April 27th, 2011, 4:12 pm

March 27th, 2018, 11:42 am #27

Maybe this will present an opportunity for another business to fill the gap of a family friendly restaurant and open up at the Crossing. With all of the newer chain restaurants nowadays, I'm sure somebody is taking note.
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Joined: February 28th, 2008, 5:45 pm

March 27th, 2018, 1:20 pm #28

Cathy (Admin) wrote: Does anyone wish that the level of sadness and outrage over the closing of Friendly's might spill over to concerns about civic issues??
Like the fact that Safier cost the city hundreds of thousand$$$$ from poor leadership, neglagence and inability to handle a problem in the right way and no one seems to care. But take away a fribble or the worst food in the city and there's outrage and pandemonium.
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Joined: September 1st, 2012, 8:06 am

March 27th, 2018, 1:40 pm #29

gator wrote: Maybe this will present an opportunity for another business to fill the gap of a family friendly restaurant and open up at the Crossing. With all of the newer chain restaurants nowadays, I'm sure somebody is taking note.
Agreed. While The Crossing may present a barrier with the high rents - it would be a far better location for that sort of place (which we need as a community - a place kids can go safely and affordably to alone, not just "kid-friendly").
The access in and out of the current Friendlys' location is rotten. And limited. And old.
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Joined: September 1st, 2012, 8:06 am

March 27th, 2018, 1:41 pm #30

Thong Extractor wrote:
Cathy (Admin) wrote: Does anyone wish that the level of sadness and outrage over the closing of Friendly's might spill over to concerns about civic issues??
Like the fact that Safier cost the city hundreds of thousand$$$$ from poor leadership, neglagence and inability to handle a problem in the right way and no one seems to care. But take away a fribble or the worst food in the city and there's outrage and pandemonium.
"Worst food in the city"?!  Nah....the Pilot House, hands down.

(lights blue touch paper and retires to a safe distance....)
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March 27th, 2018, 2:24 pm #31

I second the Pilot House, that place sucks.
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Joined: June 20th, 2007, 11:54 pm

March 27th, 2018, 3:06 pm #32

I used to love the BBQ shrimp dinner with steak fries and rice pilaf at the Pilot House before it changed hands. I never tried it since.
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Joined: February 28th, 2008, 5:45 pm

March 27th, 2018, 3:40 pm #33

battlingignorance wrote:
Thong Extractor wrote:
Cathy (Admin) wrote: Does anyone wish that the level of sadness and outrage over the closing of Friendly's might spill over to concerns about civic issues??
Like the fact that Safier cost the city hundreds of thousand$$$$ from poor leadership, neglagence and inability to handle a problem in the right way and no one seems to care. But take away a fribble or the worst food in the city and there's outrage and pandemonium.
"Worst food in the city"?!  Nah....the Pilot House, hands down.

(lights blue touch paper and retires to a safe distance....)
You have a point there.  but being strong-armed to go there by kids for so many years has put it right up there with the worst. I don't even think the kids liked the food but the "free" ice cream at the end was always the game changer.  Shitty ice cream too.
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Joined: September 27th, 2005, 12:41 am

March 27th, 2018, 5:29 pm #34

The Friendly's in my hometown closed a couple of years ago, but I think the employees were given a heads up/ schedule for the closing. The place was a huge part of my childhood and adolescence. I had several friends who worked there through high school and college. Lots of crazy stories. The closing was definitely an "end of an era" event, as it probably is here.

Friendly's was great for elders and kids, but they had a fatal flaw that was (according to a friend who worked for the chain in different places) universal. They did NOT want to be thought of as a fast food restaurant so the service was noticeably slow. That's not to take away from people who worked hard there, but it was more of a policy thing. As a customer, often with kids, I found it frustrating.

The good news is that Cape Ann has plenty great breakfast and ice cream places.

So when is Lobsta Land opening?
"...the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you're destroying the peg." ."

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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

March 27th, 2018, 6:04 pm #35

This is another place with a lot of
great memories from when the kids 
were little. Sad that it will soon be gone.

I went there today to see what the
prices were like, and just to walk around
one more time. I bought a kite.

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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

March 27th, 2018, 6:11 pm #36

I have been stopping in there for lunch or supper once or twice a month on the way back from hockey games. There has not been a lot of business in there. When my children were children in the late 1970s, we ate supper there very frequently and although you seldom had to wait, it was always pretty busy.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

March 27th, 2018, 8:50 pm #37

gator wrote: Maybe this will present an opportunity for another business to fill the gap of a family friendly restaurant and open up at the Crossing. With all of the newer chain restaurants nowadays, I'm sure somebody is taking note.
There have been plans in the works for a chain restaurant at Gloucester Crossing (Gloucester Commons).

When the Licensing Board approved the license transfer from Ocean View a year ago, GC indicated that there were three chains interested in the location, specifically a "sports pub style restaurant."  At that meeting, the board cautioned the applicant that there are a large number of people that would like to have an Annual All Alcohol License and stated that they have concerns that the license would sit dormant.  In light of GC's assurances, the board approved the transfer.  In September, GC informed the board that plans were moving along and they expected to pull a building permit by the end of December.  (The building permit would be for a new building to the left of PetCo which would house HomeGoods and the chain restaurant.)  Pretty much crickets since then and the license has been dormant for a year now.
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Joined: April 27th, 2011, 4:12 pm

March 27th, 2018, 9:13 pm #38

That all rings a bell and I totally forgot about the Sports Bar that was discussed a while back. At this point, I'll be satisfied with anyone who decides to open up shop at GC.
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Joined: September 27th, 2005, 12:41 am

March 27th, 2018, 11:13 pm #39

Home Goods would be cool.
"...the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you're destroying the peg." ."

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Joined: April 15th, 2006, 1:02 am

March 28th, 2018, 10:54 am #40

the Park team keeps blowing smoke up all the city boards' asses and they let him continue.
You think you know it, but you haven't got a clue!!
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