The food landscape in America is, at this point, pretty established. Some restaurant chains come and go, but for the most part, we see the same few brands proliferated across the entire country.
The road to get here was fraught with constant market battles, with many losers. The chains on this list may be familiar to people who grew up with them, but have probably been forgotten by younger people.
Howard Johnson's launched in the twenties, propelled to great heights of popularity by the rise of the automobile. By the sixties, there were over a thousand across the country.
As of this year, there is only one original Howard Johnson's that's still operating. The hotels were sold off, to be operated with the brand name but without any of the familiar design, and the restaurants died completely.