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Some of us are still adjust to the closing of the one of the last Howard Johnson’s Restaurants – the one that used to be in Lake Placid, New York. It closed at the end of March after a 58 year run.

The owners of a local restaurant and deli purchased Howard Johnson’s, and are moving their business, Simply Gourmet, to the HoJo’s building and also start a new restaurant called the ‘Dack Shack in the same building.

The closing was tough on a lot of folks. Some traveled very far to be there for one last time.

Two are still operating. One is attached to a hotel in Bangor, Maine, and the other is in Lake George, a tourist destination 60 miles south of Lake Placid.

The Lake George HoJo’s, which reopened in January after being closed for three years, is the subject of a New York Times feature published just in time to arm travelers hitting the road to lake George, the Adirondacks and beyond.

A local, Jon LaRock, is banking on a love of nostalgia among baby boomer diners and a brisk summer tourist season to resurrect a symbol of roadside Americana.

It’s about an hour and a half between Lake George and Lake Placid – definitely worth the trip to those to whom Ho Jo’s still matters.

We wish the place well.

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