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How fast-food killed off the restaurant chain that made highway food popular

People Going to Howard Johnson’s Restaurant. Photo by Bettmann / Contributor via Getty images Editor’s Note: The following is an adapted excerpt from Yale historian Paul Freedman’s new book, “Ten Restaurants That Changed America.” The closing of the Bangor, Maine, Howard Johnson leaves only one survivor of an otherwise extinct restaurant brand that truly deserves the overworked term “iconic.
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