And then there was one.
In two weeks, the Howard Johnson restaurant in Bangor, Maine, will close its doors, leaving just one HoJo restaurant left in the entire U.S., in Lake George, New York. The eateries, founded in 1925 by Howard Deering Johnson, once dotted the landscape, and predated the hotels of the same name.
The first restaurant started as a soda fountain outside of Boston, and the restaurants that followed featured comfort foods, fried clam strips, and dozens of flavors of ice cream. Sally Patel, the owner of the Bangor restaurant, said she kept it going for several years despite business being "very slow," and its closing will not affect the attached hotel.