BANGOR (AP) – There are only two Howard Johnson’s restaurants left in the country, and that number could soon be halved.

The clock is ticking for the HoJo’s restaurant in Bangor. David Patel, one of the owners, said Friday that the restaurant that dates to 1966 will close in a month if he can’t find someone to lease it.

That would leave only one HoJo’s restaurant in Lake George, N.Y.

Some have suggested the Bangor restaurant is living on borrowed time. It’s scaled back its hours, and faces stiff competition.

For now, restaurant remains open for business. Manager Julie Jewett said the restaurant is approaching its busiest periods, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the busy summer tourism season.

At one time there were Howard Johnson restuarants throughout the state.

In central Maine, there were restaurants at 356 Main St. in Waterville, which is now the site of Governor’s Restaurant; and two in Augusta, a restaurant on Western Avenue where Friendly’s now is, and from 1973 to 1993, a restaurant and motor lodge at Community Drive, by the Augusta Civic Center, now the site of Rooster’s. There was also one on the northbound Maine Turnpike in Gardiner.


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