sited along I-80 between San Francisco and Sacramento, the large
Fairfield Restaurant opened in 1973 and was among the earlier locations
to employ the Mansard design. The unit survived past the 1986 break
up of the Howard Johnson Company and well into the FAI era. In fact
when it finally closed in late 1991 or during 1992 it was the very
last Howard Johnson's Restaurant west of Kansas.
since its early 1990s closure, many of its HoJo's cues remained
in place--even its "browned-out" highway sign was still
readable from the Interstate. And what passing motorist could miss
Fairfield's Orange Mansard Gleaming in the California sun! Announced
in 2005, I-80's interchange at Nelson Rd. was to be realigned resulting
in Nelson Road's realignment behind the former HoJo's. Nonetheless
highway planners indicated that the parcel would still be available
for development/reuse which will result in Fairfield's demolition--if
it has not happened already.