Howard Johnson’s Weathervane -History is Hiding Right in Front of You, Just Look Around!

It’s not a Howard Johnson’s Restaurant anymore, but who could not notice that classic orange roof, cupola (tho not aqua) and Simon and The Pieman? I notice it every time I drive past this location (which I will be keeping secret at the moment, lest anyone go try and take down the weathervane!)Simon and The Pieman - Howard Johnsons Weather Vane and American Flag and Orange Roof
I have been told that Hojo’s were more numerous and popular in the Northeast (they originated in Quincy, MA) and they were my favorite growing up. My grandmother would buy pints of Howard Johnson’s ice cream and keep them in the freezer at her house – I can picture a scoop of strawberry ice cream in one of the little striped glass Pyrex bowls she’d serve it to us in. Later as I got older the Hojo’s out on the Mass Pike would be a welcome stop on a long drive back from Girl Scout Camp, and even later than that the one just across the highway from where I grew up was a late night hang for high school kids just learning to drink coffee (or me, eating my favorite flavor of ice cream – Howard Johnson’s mocha chip.) Orange and aqua is still one of my favorite color combos, even if there are only 2? 3? Howard Johnsons restaurants still around.

Keep your eyes peeled, you never know what might be a clue to the past!

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