Freddy’s: a family-friendly restaurant

The grandfather of the owner's, Freddy, is seen standing in front of the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial.

On the 28th of January, Montgomery County became home to a new food giant. Now, there are not nearly as many of these restaurants nationwide as Chick-Fil-A or McDonald’s, but Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has made an impact on our community hours into opening day.

“We opened up Tuesday, January 28th. We opened up at 10:30, and by 11:30 we had a line around the building, and it continued that whole week, said owner Matt Melvin.

The founders of Freddy’s are Scott Redler, Randy Simon, and Freddy Simon. The franchise itself is named after Scott Redler and Randy Simon’s father, Freddy, who is still alive today at 95 years old. Freddy is a World War II veteran who has a passion for serving the community and taking care of his fellow veterans. In fact, every Monday, Freddy’s offers 15% off for veterans. 

“Back in 2012, a Freddy’s opened up in Delaware County, which is right near [my son’s] house, and for the last couple of years, me and my family have been going there. The food is simple, it’s good, it’s quick to order, I like the atmosphere, and my kids like it here. The owners of the Delaware County Freddy’s asked if I was interested in opening a Freddy’s in Montgomery County, and I said I’m in. The next step was picking a location. We saw that this space on 40 Foot Rd was available, and before we signed, we ended up talking to a lot of the neighbors. We talked to people outside of Shoprite and 309, and everybody seemed to say that this was a growing area,” said Melvin.

There’s something about Freddy’s that feels different from all of the other fast-food joints. You can come into Freddy’s, get a combo meal, and sit in a building that gives off the same vibes as the 50s and 60s did. The floors are checkered, the red vents on the ceiling are visible, they have booths and tables, and even dangling lights held on by a string. When you walk in, you’ll first realize that Freddy’s somehow attracts little kids, grandparents, and teenagers all at the same time. 

You know, we want you to come to Freddy’s, and I’m sure everybody’s parents are happy that they’re here and not somewhere else. We want [teenagers] coming in and hanging out, and that’s the culture and vibe we want to give out which makes me feel good about the products we’re selling”

— Matt Melvin

“We cater to everybody, we are in a nice little patch over here. We draw from North Penn, Lansdale Catholic, and Dock Mennonite students. It seems like this part of town is very family-oriented. On Friday and Saturday, I was surprised with the amount of teenagers that came in and sat down for hours past eating which is exactly what we want to create. You know, we want you to come to Freddy’s, and I’m sure everybody’s parents are happy that they’re here and not somewhere else. We want [teenagers] coming in and hanging out, and that’s the culture and vibe we want to give out which makes me feel good about the products we’re selling,” concluded Melvin.