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Howard Johnson's
Wilmington, DE
Photo and info courtesy Kevin Powers

This is an authentic Howard Johnson's restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware. Howard Johnson restaurants went out of business in the late 1970's, but a few profitable ones remained in business under private ownership. This one is maintained just the way it was when it was built, probably in the 1960's.


UPDATE 01/04 : The Howard Johnson's here in DE has been converted to a new restaurant. Many thanks to Rick Pultorak for update. 01-04



John Schuster's Steak House
Sharon, PA
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

If you happen to be near Sharon, Pennsylvania, stop by John Schuster's Steak House. Yes, the sign is immense! Not sure about the size of the steaks though. 11-00



Knotty Pine
Hazleton, PA
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Here's a nice marquee out front the Knotty Pine Restaurant. This eye catching sign still captures attention in Hazleton, PA. 08-01



Mom's Peppermill Restaurant
Hightstown, NJ
Photo courtesy Moon Mullins OX-76

Hightstown, New Jersey is home of Mom's Peppermill Restaurant. Mom's is famous for it's mechanical sign. At night, the sign becomes functional as the crank on top of the peppermill turns via an electric motor. As the crank moves, six rows of lights at the bottom of the sign alternately blinks ground pepper. Any doubts? Then go check it out yourself.







Castle Restaurant
Olean, NY
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Check out the Castle Restaurant, which sports a building whose architecture is like a castle. 11-00


UPDATE 12/05 : After years of vacancy, the Castle Restaurant is now coming down. The Castle Theater, motel office and rooms have already met the wrecking ball. It has been an icon for many years. According to The Times Herald, the famous Castle on West State Road was scheduled to be demolished on 11/28/05.

See Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures tribute to the Castle Restaurant. Many thanks to Dave Wagner for update. 12-05



Kirby & Holloway
Dover, DE
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

The arrow has pointed the way to Kirby & Holloway Family Restaurant in Dover, DE since 1953.



Portsmouth, NH
Photo courtesy Bob Jagendorf Photo courtesy Bob Jagendorf

Off the roadside in Portsmouth, NH is this large sign. Check out the marquee for the Yokens restaurant with its whale blowing out good things to eat.











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