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That's different from the one I usually see on e-bay, which is for a more later era "Nims" style restaurant. Model train sets have always awed me in general by the scale and skill that go into them. I envy those with the craftsmanship and ability to put them together and maintain them.

Hojoland.com has news that the franchise may finally be on the verge of a comeback.

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This is a fun item and one I have never seen before. They must of sold it in all the Howard Johnsons in the fair vicinity.

<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/New-York-Worlds-Fair-Howard-Johnson-souvenir-bag_W0QQitemZ210000247474QQcategoryZ4169QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/New-York-Worlds-Fair-H...1QQcmdZViewItem</a>

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And then there were four. The long-deteriorating HJ's on the boardwalk at Asbury Park has finally been put out of its misery.

[url:9e054]http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060611/NEWS/606110432&SearchID=73247438027438[/url:9e054]

Oh, and regards that e-bay item I think it was a Fair tie-in since HJ did prominently take out ads touting all their restaurants in the NY area in proximity to the Fair at the time (like the one posted in the first post in this thread)

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Sadly, HoJo's will inevitably meet the same fate as its blue-roofed Route 66 cousin-- the late, great, Stuckey's. Long live the Pecan Log Roll.

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Oh yeah, Stuckey's has a special place in my heart. On our yearly trips to NYC, the first Stuckey's we encountered was in eastern Indiana, and was the first milestone on those wonderful journeys.

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And then there were four. The long-deteriorating HJ's on the boardwalk at Asbury Park has finally been put out of its misery.

Wow, I had never seen that Asbury HoJo's. According to the article, it seems that the new restaurant will be in the original (fixed up) building, as opposed to a brand new building. I hope this is the case. That roofline is SO 60's and SO Fair-esque in its design. Even though styles in architecture have changed drastically in the last forty years, I hope that the new owners won't feel the need to change the look of the building for their new restaurant. Although HoJo's is gone from the site at least its footprint would still remain.

Speaking of closed HoJo's, does anyone have any new information on the Times Square HoJo location? I was there last Summer and saw the empty shell (and took a few photos through the windows). It looked like a haunted house of something. It's hard to imagine that a prime spot like that right in the middle of Times Square would remain empty for long. I'm wondering if there is something new there now. And, if so, is it in the same building, or was that building torn down and replaced with something bigger and "better"?

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The ex-HJ in Times Square will eventually be converted to retail space. It's a prime location for that kind of thing.

Happily the health of at least three of the four remaining HJ restaurants is pretty strong. Lake Placid's in fact just celebrated their 50th anniversary and now have their own website (http://www.lakeplacidhojos.com) while Lake George reopened again just recently for the summer season (the only time it is open). Waterbury, CT is also doing sound business for now. The HJ sites haven't heard fresh stories about Bangor, ME (the last restaurant attached to a HJ motor lodge) for quite some time.

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The Lake George, NY HoJo's seems to very busy all summer. And forget weekend mornings... the place is always jammed during the breakfast/brunch hours. We'll be up there July 1st thru 4th so I'll do a little recon on the place and report back to the Board.

I'll also probably check in on the WF Paul Bunyan (muffler man) and the Arch figure from the Polynesian pavilion that's at The Great Escape amusement park.

Was there any other stuff from the fair up there? Charlie Wood MUST have picked up some other stuff at the post-fair aucton!

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I'll be going through both Lake Placid and Lake George in August, so if there are some WF legacies to spot in Lake George, I'd like to know and have a look myself.

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I'll be going through both Lake Placid and Lake George in August, so if there are some WF legacies to spot in Lake George, I'd like to know and have a look myself.

Eric,

Someone told me a few years back that the Paul Bunyan statue from the fair is in a miniture golf course somewhere in Lake George. Sorry that I don't have more specifics.

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The WF Paul Bunyan (muffler man) is at the "Around the World" miniature golf course in Lake George Village right on the lakefront. They have a plaque at his feet that says he is from the 1964 World's Fair.

<a href="http://www.agilitynut.com/giants.html" target="_blank">http://www.agilitynut.com/giants.html</a>

The Arch figure from the Polynesian pavilion is at The Great Escape amusement park a few miles south on Rt. 9 according to PTU's youngest member, ExpoSeeker.

Both have been shown and discussed here at PTU if you'll do a search.

The Moroda Lake Cruise boat is among the many legacies that reside at Canobie Lake Park here in Salem, NH. Canobie has many street light luminaires, WF garbage cans, the boat and some benches that we haven't been able to confirm yet.

They also have a "Tin Lizzie" ride very much like (but NOT) from Avis and some benches much like (but NOT) from Oklahoma.

If you're coming to central New England between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Canobie is a MUST VISIT since they have so many WF Legacies!

<a href="http://www.peacethroughunderstanding.org/index.php?showtopic=2422&pid=16858&mode=threaded&show=&st=&" target="_blank">http://www.peacethroughunderstanding.org/i...aded&show=&st=&</a>

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I believe the discussion on PTU last year said that several years back Hojo spun off the hotels and restaurants into separate chains. Some were co-located (restaurant was at the front of the hotel), and some of those got closed.

The restaurant spin-off hasn't done so well, and apparently that's what's down to only four remaining.

The hotels have done better.

They're even bringing back the red/orange steep roof with the cupola design- but it's not a restaurant inside- just the hotel 'front desk' area. I saw one in Washington last week.

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Rich Kummerlowe's website on HJ history, in which he sets out to document the fates of *all* onetime HJ hotels and restaurants through pictures is a fascinating one-stop resource for all the ins and outs of HJ history. It does for HJ what nywf64.com does for the Fair! (http://www.orangeroof.org)

That second postcard image which shows a very upscale HJ that even featured an upscale "Red Coach Grill" is from Cleveland's lakefront, which was later abandoned altogether and is about to be demolished if it hasn't already been.

[url:c9d42]http://www.highwayhost.org/Ohio/Cleveland/Lakefront/lakefront1.html[/url:c9d42]

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And then there were three. Waterbury, CT which was really the last HJ restaurant to still maintain a classic HJ look has as of today lost its right to continue as a HJ because they were unable to work out an agreement with the new owner of the rightsholders to HJ restaurants (who is beginning a slow campaign to relaunch the franchise eventually). That means while the restaurant will endure, say goodbye soon to the classic orange roof, beacon cupola and Simple Simon figure.

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I was in Lake Placid this summer for several days and there is still a very vibrant Howard Johnson's restaurant. They claim to be one of three remaining HoJo restaurants left in the nation. It was always crowded and the food was very good. I hope they survive.

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Eric is it still open?

The Waterbury restaurant will stay open as a restaurant, but it will soon have to cease any association with the HJ franchise. So while the changes won't happen overnight, it will be a matter of time before they will have to remove all the things associated with HJ and also change their menu (so no more Tendersweet clams to be had there).

Lake Placid and Lake George I think will continue to thrive based on my visits there last summer, and Lake Placid appreciates its sense of history as a HJ that I think they took the steps necessary to keep their franchise license.

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Wow, I had never seen that Asbury HoJo's.

I used to drive by that HOJO's in Asbury Park NJ just about every day. As a child, I remember gazing up at it and day dreaming that it was a World's Fair pavilion. What a small world afterall...huh?

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Notice, it had it's own helicline!

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Howard Johnson's Asbury Park

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Reposting the attachment that began this thread, a full-page ad touting how the Orange Roof of HJ restaurants were to be found "all around the Fair." With the end of Waterbury, CT's HJ affiliation last year, all of them are now gone or altered.

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I seem to remember one on Rt 17 in Paramus, NJ that I used to go to in my misspent youth for the "Tendersweet Fried Clams" (shark?!) Does anyone in that neighborhood know if it's stillo standing

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Rich Kummerlowe's outstanding HJ site documents the fates of every HJ restauarant/lodge complex in the country. Here's the answer on the fate of Paramus:

http://www.highwayhost.org/NewJersey/Paramus/paramus1.html

The motel is still a HJ, but the restaurant has become a Hooters (which I know will be regarded as an improvement by many!) :D

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