By Anthony Mitchell Sammarco
Howard Johnson created an orange-roofed empire of ice cream stands and eating places that stretched from Maine to Florida and all of the strategy to the West Coast. Popularly often called the "Father of the Franchise Industry," Johnson introduced stable nutrition and costs that introduced appreciative consumers again for extra. the horny white Colonial Revival eating places, with crowd pleasing porcelain tile roofs, illuminated cupolas and sea blue shutters, have been defined in Reader's Digest in 1949 because the epitome of "eating areas that appear like New England city assembly homes dressed up for Sunday." Boston historian and writer Anthony M. Sammarco recounts how Howard Johnson brought twenty-eight flavors of ice cream, the "Tendersweet" clam strips, grilled frankforts and a menu of scrumptious and conventional meals that households eagerly loved after they traveled.
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