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1939 From an old postcard

1939 - Howard Johnson's Restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard

1100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami view map

This was the first Howard Johnson's restaurant built outside of the Northeastern United States. It was built in 1938. Howard Johnson considered Miami his second home and he wanted to see one of his restaurants here. There is an interesting article about this site, with nice old photos, located at:

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joseantonio17-Jul-2016 08:46
beautiful composition and great details about its history.V
James Clements 25-Nov-2012 17:28
Growing up, when we went on Sunday drives we would stop at the Howard Johnson's at the corner of LeJune Road and NW 36 Street for ice cream as a treat.
Guest 02-Apr-2012 19:43
I only remember this HoJos from the 60s. How interesting to see how it looked originally.
Lee Martines MEHS 1957 01-Feb-2012 10:01
My mother had started with Howard Johnson's in Quincy MA in the early thirties, and then helped open the first franchise HoJo at Orleans, Cape Cod in 1935. She moved to Miami to help open this restaurant in 1939. Mr Johnson had been a winter visitor to Miami for years and liked the prospect of expansion out of New England. One of the regular customers during the forties was Al Capone who lived on Palm Island until his death in 1947.
Mathew Geib 15-Dec-2011 17:50
Now this is where the Marquis stands. It's a beautiful building to replace the bygone-time HOJO. I miss it still because I've grown up always seeing it on Metromover, & regret not grabbing a piece of kitschy memorabilia from the wrecking site.
Guest 08-Feb-2011 02:25
P. Drenberg (Maynard) MEHS Class of 57....Still remember and crave the wonderful Clam Dogs here.
Nancy Foye-Cox 28-Apr-2010 19:44
I remember eating at this restaurant, especially ice cream. It is also where I ate my first clam strips.
Randy 26-Oct-2008 07:25
We really built buildings then, didn't we.