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Mini Mozzarella Sticks Returning to Friendly's After Social Media Requests — and an Online Petition!

"This time, it's here to stay!" the restaurant chain wrote of its fan-favorite appetizer

<p>Courtesy of Friendly

Courtesy of Friendly's

Friendly's Mini Mozzarella Sticks.

Friendly's fans, rejoice!

The restaurant chain announced earlier this week that its beloved mini mozzarella sticks have returned to menus nationwide.

"This legendary appetizer is back by popular demand," Friendly's said in a press release obtained by PEOPLE.

The fan-favorite meal left Friendly's menus in 2022, but the company decided to bring back the "crispy, cheesy goodness" after "fans clamored for their return on social media and even started a petition on Change.org."

"This time, it's here to stay!" the chain added of the menu item, which is made up of 30 mini mozzarella sticks and served with a side of marinara sauce.

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<p>Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald/Getty</p> A Friendly's restaurant in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

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A Friendly's restaurant in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

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Along with the return of the mini mozzarella sticks, Friendly's also announced several new menu additions, including Mac & Cheese, a Fried Clams Basket and a Friendly's Patty Melt.

The chain similarly revealed the addition of two new grilled cheese items — the America’s Best Grilled Cheese, which features "a cheesy combination of Tillamook cheese white cheddar and sharp cheddar melted between sourdough bread," and the Sweet & Savory Marionberry Grilled Cheese, which is "loaded with pepper jack with Tillamook cheese sharp cheddar and marionberry habanero pepper jelly melted between sourdough bread," per Friendly's.

Wings will also be available at Friendly's locations across the nation as well, in flavors including Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ, Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan, Honey Mustard and Friendly’s Signature Sauce. (All wings come with a choice of ranch or bleu cheese dip.)

Friendly's also said that it is introducing a Senior Menu and Pick 2 Lunch Combo Menu. The first will offer "perfectly sized, value-priced meals" for guests 60 and up, the chain detailed, while the other will allow diners to choose from salads, soups and sandwiches/burgers for just $9.99."

“We’re excited about the never-before-seen craveable items on our new menu – and of course, the return of the beloved Mini Mozz Sticks,” said Dawn Petite, president of Friendly’s Restaurants. “When our guests come to Friendly’s, they usually have their favorite items in mind. It’s our pleasure to bring them the food they love and help to create memorable moments that last a lifetime!”

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