in mall location, the Cerritos Restaurant opened in 1972--about
a year after the Los Cerritos Mall's grand opening. Predating
the development of food courts, shopping malls often featured
family type restaurants and cafeterias.
A handful of Howard Johnson's were located in malls primarily
in California. The Cerritos unit remained a HoJo's until at
least 1985, and by the middle 2000s its spot had been converted
into a Red Robin.