1. Howard Johnson
They drove down the highway, children screaming in the backseat, and then the bright orange shingled roof of Howard Johnson's restaurant was like a beautiful sunset. You could almost taste the promise of a hot coffee and a typical orange milkshake for the little ones. But where did all hojos go?
Once the largest restaurant chain in the United States, Hojos culminated in the 60s and 70s with over 1,000 locations. The franchise was so popular that it was taken in a row by Mad Men to help the show stay true to the times. There is only one man left today, and the last remaining Howard Johnson operates in Lake George, New York.