After opening its first ice cream parlor in Portland, Oregon in 1963, Farrell’s quickly became a staple of American childhood dreams and treats. How could it be otherwise since the parlors gave kids a free ice cream sundae if it was their birthday? But sadly, the very last Farrell’s, in Brea, California, closed its doors forever in 2019. And the story of the ice cream chain’s final demise does not make pretty reading.
The staff at a Farrell’s Ice Cream parlor were always ready to give its customers an unforgettable experience. The restaurant had a late-19th-century theme with waiters dressed in straw boaters and liable to burst into song at the drop of a hat. It certainly wasn’t the place for a quiet evening out with frequent train whistle blasts and choruses of “Happy Birthday.” But kids loved it.