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Old 05-02-2011, 04:01 PM   #21
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Pepperidge Farm makes these.

Pepperidge FarmŽ - Sandwich Rolls
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:07 PM   #22
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Thanks, Patty!
Seeing the picture on the bag makes me realize I have seen American hot dog ads where it looks like this and I wondered "how they did it". I think lobster rolls are top sliced as well, aren't they?
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:09 PM   #23
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You don't see HoJos around much any more. The restaurants spread a little outside of New England. They then branched out into Howard Johnson's Motor Lodges as well. Cheap rooms were always available. They're actually still around in the Wyndham group of hotels.

There was a Howard Johnson who started it all.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:32 PM   #24
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You don't see HoJos around much any more. The restaurants spread a little outside of New England. They then branched out into Howard Johnson's Motor Lodges as well. Cheap rooms were always available. They're actually still around in the Wyndham group of hotels.

There was a Howard Johnson who started it all.
I was surprised that they aren't everywhere in the US. We have HoJos in Quebec. Maybe it's just that Quebec-New England connection.
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Wonder why they haven't made their way west? ...
They did. There was a Howard Johnson's in my home town in Calif., but it eventual went away. I just assumed they went bankrupt like Shaky's Pizza did. I didn't realize until now, thanks to Andy M., that they were absorbed by the Wyndham group of hotels. More corporate sponging and nonsense... such a shame!

I remember that Fridays were all-you-can-eat fried clams day!!! I hardly missed a Friday!!!
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The original HoJos was in the Wollaston section of Quincy and got torn down to build the Wollston T station. There is a HJ tiled into the sidewalk still.

Jacques Pepin once worked for HoJos and was instrumental in developing an (at that time) innovative concept where all of the food would be cooked at one location and shipped to the restaurants where it would be heated and assembled. This was an effort to ensure uniformity.

Today places like Olive Garden use a similar technique but it's often criticized as being less-than-fresh factory food.
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The original HoJos was in the Wollaston section of Quincy and got torn down to build the Wollston T station. There is a HJ tiled into the sidewalk still.

Jacques Pepin once worked for HoJos and was instrumental in developing an (at that time) innovative concept where all of the food would be cooked at one location and shipped to the restaurants where it would be heated and assembled. This was an effort to ensure uniformity.

Today places like Olive Garden use a similar technique but it's often criticized as being less-than-fresh factory food.
Dixie Cafe is the same way, with all of their food coming out of a central kitchen in Oklahoma.
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They did. There was a Howard Johnson's in my home town in Calif., but it eventual went away. I just assumed they went bankrupt like Shaky's Pizza did. I didn't realize until now, thanks to Andy M., that they were absorbed by the Wyndham group of hotels. More corporate sponging and nonsense... such a shame!

I remember that Fridays were all-you-can-eat fried clams day!!! I hardly missed a Friday!!!

In 1980 Marriott Corporation bought the Howard Johnson restaurant chain.
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Oh! But I still miss them as Howard Johnsons. Corporate identity means more than these yuppie pencil-headed MBA geeks realize. They're ruining America - IMHO!
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Wow, this has turned into a really interesting thread! Thanks for the American History lesson everyone!

As soon as I get my pan I will show you my "New England top sliced hot dogs!
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