Visions for Vacancy: A Former Ice Cream Shop

What would you like to see in the space formerly occupied by Friendly's?

The bay at 5 Austin Street that once housed a Friendly's is just as cold as the ice cream once served there—but something could return soon.

A representative for New England Development told Charlestown Patch this week that the company is currently in lease negotiations with a potential new tenant.

Who that tenant is, the company wouldn't say.

Who would you like it to be? The 4,500 square foot space seems to still house ice cream shop amenities. 

Readers responding to earlier Visions for Vacancy articles were excited by the idea of another ice cream shop. Would you like to see one here? Perhaps you'd prefer a restaurant? Perhaps a gym?

Share your vision with your neighbors by posting in the comments below.

Seamus O'Sullivan March 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Michelle, there was no news (at least from what I could tell) of the opening on the site. I was more pointing out the Unleashed small-box concept, which I was completely unaware of. I like your attitude!
Mum22 March 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Michelle, I noticed your building is for sale. Are you staying in Charlestown? I hope you're just moving to a new location in town and not leaving all together!
Michelle March 16, 2012 at 08:56 PM
We're not going anywhere! We'll be here, and the building is under agreement ;-)
Me AM April 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Old fashioned dinner... I mean the counter, stools, and booths are already there
Julie Caldarone May 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
How about a local business instead of another chain store? Doesn't matter what - I'm just tired of the big box stores. I like local ownership.


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