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Down to Business: Can HoJo’s chain be resurrected?

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You may remember the orange roofs that characterized the once ubiquitous restaurants that offered signature dishes such as macaroni and cheese, fried clam strips and “frankforts” — along with 28 flavors of ice cream. Or you may never have heard of them, since Howard Johnson’s heyday was in the 1970s. The chain, founded as an ice cream shop in 1925, grew rapidly as the interstate highway system took shape in the 1960s and families hit ...

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