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Bangor, Maine Howard Johnson’s restaurant to close, leaving Lake George’s as last one in chain

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BANGOR, Maine — One of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants will close in a couple of weeks, taking with it its fried clam strips and ice cream — and a slice of roadside Americana.

Howard Johnson hotel owner Sally Patel says the last day for the restaurant at her hotel in Bangor, Maine, is Sept. 6. That’ll leave one Howard Johnson restaurant in Lake George, New York.

Howard Deering Johnson started the business in 1925 with a soda fountain outside Boston. That evolved into a chain of restaurants featuring comfort food and 28 ice cream flavors. The eateries predated the ubiquitous orange-roofed hotels.

Patel said Tuesday she and her husband kept their restaurant going for four years because it’s convenient for hotel guests. But she says business has been “very slow.” She says the restaurant closing won’t affect the hotel.