Sort of waxing nostalgic here. As a kid, going to Howard Johnson's was cool . They had the regular dining room, a counter with stools, and 28 flavors of ice cream. Kind of predated the fast food explosion.
There's only a few left, and one is is Lake Placid, not too far from here.
One of my students told me he went there last night and said the food sucked. I don't know, haven't been there in years, but it probably did.
So much for nostalgia......