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June 02, 2022

NO MO HOJO

America's last Howard Johnson's restaurant has closed

(Thanks to The Perts)

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This is the sad end of an era. Many of us are old enough to remember the movie that featured Howard Johnson's first ice cream parlor in Rock Ridge, Wyoming when he offered only one flavor and had to fight to keep it open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NaQxUEfxt0

When asked for a comment, Gabby Johnson said:

"I wash born here, an I wash raished here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin' bushwackin', hornswagglin' cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter."

Back in their hey-day they had all the rest areas on the Mass Pike and Jaque Pepin was in charge of their coporate kitchen/menu.

We're headed to Stuckey's...

@pr: Don;t forget the pecan puffs and the coconut patties.

We traveled a lot when I was a kid and when it started getting close to dinner time we'd always look for the orange roof of a Howard Johnson's. It's the end of an era.

Terrible!

Sad.

There used to be one right on the corner of Broadway and maybe 46th or 47th Street (?) in Times Square. Many was the time we'd go in for an ice cream cone - chocolate chip was a favorite.

HJ was never a real big player around here. They did have one in Arlington, the only place along the DFW Turnpike (which, by the way, became free once it was paid for, like ALL toll roads should be) you could stop for anything without exiting the turnpike and paying the toll. I don't remember seeing another one in the area.

Back in the day the best thing about the motels was they were new & modern and guaranteed to be right next to a restaurant.

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