The final Howard Johnson’s restaurant within the U.S. has closed


For Parsippany-based Howard Johnson’s, it’s the tip of an period; the tip of an empire, actually. They’ve closed their final restaurant within the US, in Lake George, NY.

No extra fried clams at HoJo’s; the restaurant chain, which within the ’70s had 1,000 places and was the largest meals chain in America, has come to a humbling finish.

It has been reported that at its top, nobody fed extra People than Howard Johnson’s apart from the Military. However it was eclipsed, at first by aggressive fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC and later by fast-casual eateries like Applebee’s.

Simply to be clear, it is just the restaurant chain that’s now not; there are nonetheless about 300 Howard Johnson’s motels nonetheless open.

However the orange roofed eating places that at one time had been ubiquitous on the nation’s highways are now not. I keep in mind being dazzled by the 28 sorts of ice cream they featured. It was additionally the primary place I ever had fried clams.

The eating places had their roots in ice cream: In 1925, Howard Deering Johnson opened a drugstore in Quincy, Massachusetts.

After discovering that his soda fountain was hottest a part of the shop, he determined to concentrate on ice cream. He started opening concession stands alongside the Massachusetts shoreline that bought soda, sizzling canines, and Johnson’s well-known ice cream, which was common partly as a result of its excessive butterfat content material.

Howard Johnson’s additionally appeared in popular culture; “Mad Males” followers will keep in mind when Don and Meagan had a struggle at a restaurant and Don drove, leaving Meagan behind. That was at a HoJo. Within the episode, Don exclaims that he loves Howard Johnson’s.

One other a part of Americana gone.

Opinions expressed within the put up above are these of New Jersey 101.5 discuss present host Invoice Doyle solely.

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