The last orange roof
Lake George is home to the last operating Howard Johnson restaurant.
Want to know how it all started?
The website, www.vacationsmadeeasy.com, recently posted a history of the former chain known for its 28 flavors of ice cream.
“One of the most iconic restaurant and hotel chains in the U.S. began very simply: With $500, a pharmacy soda shop, and a young man in debt.
Howard Deering Johnson was only 28 when he purchased the small pharmacy in Quincy, Massachusetts. Even though he took on the debts of the pharmacy with his purchase, his hope was to create enough of a success out of his small venture to pay off the debt he had inherited when his father died. He began with livening up the various sides of the business–from sending paper boys out to sell newspapers in nearby communities to revitalizing the old soda foundation, Johnson dove in and hustled hard.”