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Let's Yo! Franchise Opening in Old Friendly's Spot

Sign in windows says Pudsters burgers and frozen yogurt shop coming soon.

The more things change the more they stay the same. That's what one could say about the longtime home of a in West Caldwell, where local families flocked for 40 years for a kid-friendly menu and frozen desserts.

A sign recently posted in the window at 632 Bloomfield Avenue reads Pudsters, offering burgers, fries and shakes, and a Let's Yo! Yogurt franchise will soon be filling the vacant space.

Let's Yo! frozen yogurt shops are popping up all over New Jersey—the closest to the Caldwellls opened earlier this year on Valley Road in Montclair. Michael Sobon owns both locations, according to a story on NorthJersey.com.

Sobon was not at the Montclair shop Tuesday morning for comment. 

According to the Let's Yo! website, the menu includes some 50 flavors of frozen yogurt, including nonfat and lowfat versions, but you can also get coffee and a light breakfast. See menu here.

Friendly's in October 2011, and the news of the business closing broke the hearts of many faithful fans.

Back in March, Patch asked readers what should fill the Friendly's spot and suggestions ranged from a Dairy Queen to a Steak 'n Shake franchise. Others recommended a local restaurant, such as , moving in to this location which has its own parking lot.

This won't be the only new burger joint in town. A  opened at the Essex Mall last month.

What do you think of another burger restaurant opening in West Caldwell? Have you tried Let's Yo! Yogurt? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Michael October 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
yes yes smoothies for everyone!!!! everyone in town could eat every single day at this location till the whole town has diarhea and it still wont last more than 2 years. It is a fad people, lets get something in here that will stick around for a decade or so.
lola November 04, 2012 at 06:23 AM
I'm with you Michael...I hate the name Pudster...I hate the ''cuteness'' this place is trying to be, the Montclarions are morons who run around looking for the next new thing...except frozen yogurt is not new...I don't think Friendly's has ever been economical...people, open a starbuck's there, maybe with live entertainment... does it have a liquor license? why can't west caldwell be more like westfield, with a gap and all that? is part of the problem what rubino did to the town years ago? didn't let them build more than two floors up?
lola November 04, 2012 at 06:26 AM
are they trying to make this a smashburger? we now have five guys, which is the best... maybe open a charlie brown's, i miss them anyone remember ground round with peanuts in fairfield what happened to the bomb squad for pete's sake? do you know shop rite in livingston now has handles kind of fro yo? and fro yo is not at all healthy!
sierra December 06, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I thought those were only in new york.
Michael January 28, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Well I guess once again I was right.

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