12 Once-Popular Restaurant Chains That No Longer Exist

1. Howard Johnson's

Conceived as a way to capitalize on the growth of  American car culture, Howard Johnson's hotel-restaurant chains were founded in the 1920s. During its heyday in the '60s, HoJo's was one of the most recognized brands around, and over 1,000 of its distinctive orange roofs dotted the States' highways. However, the business model of serving pre-made high-quality food quickly lost popularity when fast-food chains burst on the scene. The last HoJo's restaurant, located in Lake George, NY, closed in 2017.


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