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Second-to-Last Howard Johnson Restaurant to Close in Maine

Entertainment | Patrick Clarke | August 27, 2016

Second-to-Last Howard Johnson Restaurant to Close in Maine

PHOTO: The Howard Johnson Inn and Restaurant in Bangor, Maine (photo via Twitter). 

Only one Howard Johnson restaurant will remain in operation next month after one of the chain's last locations closes in Bangor, Maine.

The Associated Press reported this week the owners of the Howard Johnson Inn and Restaurant in Bangor will close the restaurant Sept. 6, leaving the Howard Johnson in Lake George, New York, as the only remaining one.

Despite the restaurant closure, owners David and Sally Patel will continue to operate the hotel business, which continues to do well despite the restaurant's struggles.

"It's not worth it to keep it open. We tried for four years," Sally told the AP. "We felt bad to close it."

The closure means that Howard Johnson restaurant fans will have to flock to Lake George to experience the decades-old tradition.

"We're doing great," Lake George Howard Johnson owner Jack LaRock told the AP. "We're going to do some renovations this winter. Spruce it up, keep it going."

"Knowing I have the only one left makes it special," added LaRock.

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Founded way back in 1925 by Howard Deering Johnson, the Howard Johnson restaurant chain quickly expanded across New England with hundreds of the iconic orange-roofed restaurants popping up before the hotel business was established in 1954. 

While Howard Johnson hotels and motels — which are currently owned by Wyndham Worldwide — have remained a popular choice among travelers over the years, the roadside restaurants have fallen off dramatically since reaching their prime in the 1960s.

"I guess now if you want to remember Howard Johnson you’ll have to come here," LaRock told

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