October 1, 2022
The last Howard Johnson restaurant in the country, affectionately known as HoJo, has closed its doors.

The last Howard Johnson restaurant in the country, affectionately known as HoJo, has closed its doors.

HoJo’s final restaurant was along Route 9 in Lake George, New York, for nearly 70 years. It has since been listed for $10 as a “rare business opportunity to lease.” The 7,500-square-foot building has a single floor.

“Open to various lease options with flexibility, this one acre lot sits high above the main gateway of Lake George Village which can’t be missed,” the listing reads. “With 400 [linear feet] of road front, this opportunity offers high visibility with plenty of space to efficiently run your operation.”

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The building still features the iconic orange roof, which each of its restaurants had when it was the largest chain in the nation. It once boasted a famous menu of fried clams and nearly 30 ice cream flavors. There was even a location in Times Square in New York City, which was ultimately sold for over $100 million in 2015. It was the last of the Big Apple locations at the time.

A fan posted to the restaurant’s fan page on Facebook that this last HoJo had been open inconsistently in recent memory. Its legacy lives on in its thriving hotels of the same name, now operated by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

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This last HoJo’s former manager, Jonathan LaRock, is currently in Warren County jail after pleading guilty in 2018 to forcible touching following a number of women aged between 14 and 43 coming forward with allegations. HoJo was under new management by the time it closed.

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