December 19, 2014

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Elyria Friendly’s restaurant closes

The Friendly's on East Broad Street closed for good after breakfast on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The Friendly’s on East Broad Street closed for good after breakfast on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Friendly’s on East Broad Street has closed, along with two other “under-performing” restaurants in Ohio, according to a company spokeswoman.

The restaurant at 204 East Broad St. was closed, along with restaurants in Sandusky and Defiance. Apex Eagle Hospitality, Inc., a franchisee who owns and operates 19 Friendly’s restaurants in Ohio, announced the closures on Sunday, according to a news release.

The company said the restaurants closed their doors Sunday, but the Elyria Friendly’s did not close until after breakfast on Monday.

“We’re disappointed to announce the closing of three of our Friendly’s restaurants. Unfortunately, the restaurants that are closing have been under-performing for quite some time, and despite our best efforts to turn them around, we were unable to improve their performance,” said Dan DiGiambattista and Kerry Janke, Principals of Apex Eagle Hospitality, Inc., in a news release. “Moving forward, we hope to re-engage customers that were previously visiting the restaurants that were affected by this closing, by having them dine at one of our 16 remaining Friendly’s restaurants in Ohio.”

Apex Eagle Hospitality, Inc. has been a Friendly’s franchisee since 2005. It will continue to own and operate 16 Friendly’s locations in Ohio, and Friendly’s employees who were affected by the closing of the Elyria, Sandusky and Defiance restaurants, have been offered jobs at nearby Friendly’s locations, according to the company.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.