Owners of the Bangor, Maine, Howard Johnson, David and Sally Patel, have kept the business going the last four years as business slowed. They are now down to just breakfast and lunch. They note that the hotel side of the business is doing well, though.
Fortunately for HoJo fans, the Lake George, New York, one appears to be on solid ground and is open year-round.
They are even planning some renovations for this winter.
Walter Mann, of New Haven, Connecticut, said he and other HoJo fans still hold out hope that an "orange knight" will step forward and revive the restaurants. "A lot of people have warm, fuzzy memories of a more innocent time," he said. "People certainly crave for something like that to bring back the good memories."