The Catonsville franchise of Friendly’s, a restaurant chain known for its ice cream, painted over its signs and closed its doors last month after nearly 20 years.
Lawrence Meiser, property manager for Booth Properties, which owns the Frederick Road building, said the company is still interviewing businesses to rent the space.
Meiser said the Friendly’s franchise owner, a Virginia man whose name Meiser did not know, closed Friendly’s without warning the building owners — “like the Baltimore Colts leaving Baltimore,” he said, referencing the football team now based in Indianapolis.
In a statement, Friendly’s said Signature Restaurants, the company that owned the Frederick Road location, closed on Sept. 24.
He said they have interviewed proposals for franchises and independent businesses, as well as both restaurant and non-restaurant proposals. More than half of those interviewed, Meiser said, live in the area.
“We’re gonna pick somebody who is going to enhance Catonsville,” Meiser said.