Howard Johnson’s: The last of the once-popular restaurants closed in New York

LAKE GEORGE, NY (AP) — Howard Johnson’s restaurant in this upstate New York resort village — the last of the once ubiquitous restaurants serving food under orange roofs with blue spiers — is closed.

LAKE GEORGE, NY (AP) — Howard Johnson’s restaurant in this upstate New York resort village — the last of the once ubiquitous restaurants serving food under orange roofs with blue spiers — is closed.

The restaurant just south of Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains did not open Memorial Day weekend and is for rent, according to the Times Union of Albany. A post on Facebook site HoJoLand last week said plastic tables, chairs and souvenirs had been removed and there were “cobwebs on the door”.

HoJo’s were well known to baby boomers, who grew up on the restaurants’ 28 flavors of ice cream and fried clam platters. But they disappeared with the rise of fast food outlets and only a few operated under the Howard Johnson name as of early 2015.

The restaurants in Lake Placid, New York and Bangor, Maine closed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The Wyndham Hotel Group has rights to the name and had licensed the remaining restaurants to use the brand name based on grandfathered contracts. The restaurant in Lake George was not part of a franchise.

There are still Howard Johnson hotels.

A man who rented Lake George HoJo’s in 2015 after it had been closed for several years has been found guilty of harassing staff members. It reopened under a new operator who kept it running for several years, with pandemic-related pauses, according to the newspaper.

Bill Moon, the listing agent, said there was interest in the property, which could be used for another restaurant or another business.

“It’s a great place and we’re just looking for the person with the right vision to get things done,” Moon said.

It was unclear if someone renting the building for a restaurant could still use the HoJo’s name.

An email seeking comment has been sent to the Wyndham Hotel Group.

The Associated Press