Another generation of parents can soon terrify its children at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour.
According to KPTV, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour is returning to Portland.
There’s no timeline yet, other than “as soon as possible.”
The first Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour opened in Portland in 1963, followed quickly by numerous franchises (58 by 1970). The heyday of the chain lasted through the 70s and into the early 80s. (You can read the whole story here.) A new Farrell’s recently opened in Mission Viejo, California.
Alas, as I’ve written before, I don’t have particularly fond memories of Farrell’s:
In the 70s and early 80s in Portland, if you were a parent with a sensitive child who didn’t like to be the center of attention, Farrell’s was the place to bring him on his birthday to thoroughly embarrass and humiliate him.
Bright lights, banging drums, sickening quantities of ice cream, and teenagers disguised as members of a barbershop quartet: a recurring nightmare and also my childhood memory of Farrell’s.