The Friendly's on Hawkins Avenue in Ronkonkoma closed for good this week, joining a half-dozen other shuttered locations from Levittown to Middle Island. Credit: John Roca

Friendly's in Ronkonkoma has served its last ice cream sundae. An employee who answered the phone at the national chain's location at 553 Hawkins Ave. Thursday said it was the eatery's last day of service and the location would permanently close at 10 p.m.

Friendly's restaurants, once a mainstay chain on Long Island, have slowly been marching toward extinction — the Friendly's in Miller Place closed last year joining a half-dozen other shuttered locations from Levittown to Middle Island. 

Founded in 1935 by the Blake Brothers in Springfield, Massachusetts, Friendly's was originally a stand-alone ice cream shop with double-dipped cones costing a mere 5 cents. “A friendly place for families,” its bright red signs became a childhood (and parental) oasis for classic sundaes and signature milkshakes. A menu of burgers and comfort food was added as the company grew.

There are 10 remaining Friendly’s across Nassau and Suffolk: Massapequa Park, East Meadow, Coram, Commack, East Islip, Sayville, Shirley, Stony Brook, Medford and Riverhead.

Friendly’s corporate office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Ronkonkoma closing.

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