I was reading about the upcoming closure of the HOJO in Bangor, Maine and how that will leave just one HOJO left in Lake George, NY.
I was flooded with memories of childhood meals at Howard Johnson. It was definitely a family favorite as we lived in Massachusetts where HOJO’s were everywhere in the 60s and early 70s. I remember that bread service included a white dinner roll and a slice of date nut bread. As a child, date nut bread was gross so I always gave it to my mom who loved it. In fact, everyone gave the date nut bread to mom and she was in heaven because of it! Of course now I wish I had all those slices back because I love date nut bread now too.
I also liked that the ice cream scoop was cone shaped, you always knew if someone got a cone from Howard Johnson’s.
I’ve also been lamenting the loss of the frozen food line, specifically the Blueberry Toastees. Nothing tastes like a Toastee. I also loved the hard-to-find Orange Toastees. And can’t forget the Mac & Cheese with the crispy breadcrumb topping.
I will forever miss you Howard Johnson.