HoJo’s gone; last Howard Johnson’s restaurant in chain whose orange roofs were familiar to baby boomers has shut down in Lake Oswego, N.Y.

Customers entering the Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake George, N.Y., in better days for the once-ubiquitous chain. This Howard Johnson’s restaurant in this upstate New York resort village — which was the last of the famed restaurants tht served food under orange roofs with blue spires — has closed.

Mike Groll / AP file

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — Howard Johnson’s restaurants are no more. The last of the once-pervasive restaurant chain known to baby boomers for its orange roofs, 28 ice cream flavors and fried clam strips has been closed for good.

Gone with it: a slice of roadside American once so pervasive that it inspired the acclaimed Max Apple book “The Oranging of America.”

The last remaining HoJo’s restaurant — just south of Lake George, N.Y., in the Adirondack Mountains — is for lease. And a post on the Facebook site HoJoLand said plastic tables, chair and memorabilia were removed, and there were “cobwebs on the door.”

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

“It’s a great location and just looking for the person with the right vision to take it forward,” Moon said.

The orange roofs with blue spires that baby boomers grew up with eventually gave way to a more sedate color scheme. But the chain faded away with the rise of fast-food outlets.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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