Toronto complex marked a series of firsts for Howard Johnson's.
It was the first in Canada, first in Ontario, and included the first
Red Coach Grill outside the United States. Like all of the other
Howard Johnson's outlets in Canada, Toronto-Airport was an Orangeroof
Canada Limited licensed unit. Interestingly, Joseph Crothers was
listed as its "operator." No doubt a close relation of
Frank Crothers who had developed the Howard
Johnson's in Nassau during the late 1950s.
eight-story, 275 room Lodge included a 550 guest banquet facility,
132 seat Howard Johnson's Restaurant, 152 seat Red Coach Grill and
adjoining 70 seat Red Coach Grill cocktail lounge with its floor-to-ceiling
fieldstone fireplace, and the 200 seat Cockney Pride authentic English
pub complete with antique leaded glass doors and a valance from
London's Tyne House Hotel. The site also offered all-weather swimming
and relaxation with its sun-domed heated swimming pool and saunas.
Moreover, during good weather guests were afforded restful meditation
in the Momiji (Maple Leaf) Gardens. The site was described as "an
outstanding design, as elegant and sophisticated as the cosmopolitan
city of Toronto."