http://www.wcax.com/story/28604389/lake-placid-hojos-to-close-its-doors Lake Placid HoJo's to close its doors LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - The historic Howard Johnson's restaurant chain is losing yet another business. Rose Spillman reports the Lake Placid location will close its doors. The Butler family has owned and operated the Howard Johnson's restaurant in Lake Placid for more than 50 years. Brothers Mike and Patrick Butler have fond memories of growing up and helping run the business. "They used to have these Howard Johnson vanilla wafers that you'd put in the dishes of ice cream. We'd be unloading the truck, and we'd get into them. Then we'd hear about it later... 'Where's all the cookies?'" said Mike and Patrick Butler. The HoJo's restaurant chain was once a booming business with more than 1,000 locations. Today, the spot in Lake Placid is one of three left in the entire nation. Now, the Butlers have decided it's their time to move on and sell their restaurant. "A good time for us to do it, and you know, there's not people knocking at the door wanting to buy your property, so we thought we had a good offer," said Ron Butler, owner. Another local business owner who runs a bakery and deli shop in Lake Placid is purchasing the space with plans to expand and start up a new restaurant. "It's going to give us a lot more room to expand our current Simply Gourmet operation, while at the same time will allow us to open a new restaurant called the Dack Shack, which is like a high-end roadside diner," said Holly Healy of Simply Gourmet. The Butlers say they're happy to see the space going to a local family business, but loyal HoJo's customers say the place and its owners will be very missed. "It's gonna be sad with them going, and I know there's other people too that feel the same as I do," said Shirley Hosler, a customer. The new owners say they hope to honor the Butler family by dedicating one room in the new restaurant to their name. "There's a rear room that we'll be using for catering or event space, and we've named that the Butler Room in honor of the Butler family that owned or founded HoJo's here," said Healy. Once HoJo's closes its doors, the Butlers say they won't be going far. The family plans to focus all its attention on running the Quality Inn they own just next door. Next Tuesday, March 31, is the last official day that HoJo's will be open in Lake Placid.