The final Howard Johnson restaurant within the nation, affectionately often called HoJo, has closed its doorways.
HoJo’s remaining restaurant was alongside Route 9 in Lake George, New York, for almost 70 years. It has since been listed for $10 as a “uncommon enterprise alternative to lease.” The 7,500-square-foot constructing has a single flooring.
“Open to varied lease choices with flexibility, this one acre lot sits excessive above the principle gateway of Lake George Village which might’t be missed,” the itemizing reads. “With 400 [linear feet] of highway entrance, this chance provides excessive visibility with loads of house to effectively run your operation.”
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The constructing nonetheless options the enduring orange roof, which every of its eating places had when it was the biggest chain within the nation. It as soon as boasted a well-known menu of fried clams and almost 30 ice cream flavors. There was even a location in Occasions Sq. in New York Metropolis, which was finally offered for over $100 million in 2015. It was the final of the Huge Apple areas on the time.
A fan posted to the restaurant’s fan web page on Fb that this final HoJo had been open inconsistently in current reminiscence. Its legacy lives on in its thriving resorts of the identical identify, now operated by Wyndham Motels & Resorts.
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This final HoJo’s former supervisor, Jonathan LaRock, is at present in Warren County jail after pleading responsible in 2018 to forcible touching following quite a lot of ladies aged between 14 and 43 coming ahead with allegations. HoJo was below new administration by the point it closed.