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Iconic American Restaurants Day

Howard Johnson's Restaurant

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always observed on August 24

Today is Iconic American Restaurants Day. It celebrates the many great restaurants in this country, and the outstanding staff that works hard to make your dining experience pleasurable.

There probably isn't a better example of a great iconic American restaurant than Howard Johnson's. The Howard Johnson restaurant chain has been around for over 90 years. At it's peak, there were over 1,000 company and franchise stores in the U.S. and Canada. Today, just a single restaurant located in Lake George, NY. is proudly the "Last One Standing". During the peak years in the 1940s through the 1970s, traveller's sought out the easily recognized orange roof. They had no doubt they would receive high quality food at reasonable prices. Travellers and local residents alike, thronged to HOJO's ice cream fountain bar with lines out the door during summer months, to choose among the famous "28 flavors".


Without a doubt the list of great American restaurants is endless. Large, national chains like McDonald's, Red Lobster, the Outback, Applebee's an Chili's readily come to mind. But, there's also the countless one location restaurants in your local community. Go outside of your town, and no one has ever heard of that great breakfast shop, sidewalk cafe, or Italian restaurant on Main Street that you frequent regularly.


It's going to be a wonderful experience celebrating Iconic American Restaurants Day. Grab the family or a few friends, and head off to your favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. While you're there enjoying a fabulous meal, make sure to show your appreciation to the waiter, busboy, chef and manger. After all, it's their day, too.


HoJo's Restaurant


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History and Origin of Iconic American Restaurants Day

This special holiday was created  in 2020 by Bob Matthews, from Rochester, NY, and creator of HolidayInsights.com After visiting the "Last One Standing" Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Lake George, NY,  Matthews felt it important to celebrate great American restaurants and the employees who make them great. A second, and equally important goal of today, is to capture the memories of America's most iconic restaurant, as well as other great American restaurants that have come and gone. During the Pandemic of 2020, restaurants struggled to survive and their employees were significantly impacted. Amazingly, up to now, there were no special holidays recognizing great restaurants and the staff.

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