About Howard Johnson
Howard Johnson® has extraordinary strength. Today, more than ever, Howard Johnson is a name that people trust, respect and look forward to seeing wherever they travel. It's a name that stands for honest quality and solid value. The Howard Johnson name now graces over 450 hotels in 17 countries worldwide. It is one of the most well-known mid-price hotel families in the world. This year, millions of people are expected to visit Howard Johnson hotels.
With a loan of $500, Howard Dearing Johnson purchased a small patent medicine shop in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1925. He used an old-fashioned, hand-cranked freezer in the store's basement to make vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream for the shop's soda fountain. Three years later, with menu additions like hot dogs and hamburgers, he opened the first Howard Johnson's Restaurant.
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