in 1957, Waterbury was initially a stand-alone unit. For many
years the franchised location was owned by Donald Christie.
In addition to Waterbury he owned HoJo's Restaurants in Hartford
and Mystic. Mr. Christie was a key player in the franchisee
ownership group created after the Howard Johnson Company was
dissolved. The group, Franchise Associates Incorporated (FAI),
was charged with overseeing the Howard Johnson's restaurant
brand and related signature food items. Christie was a member
of FAI's board, and served on the executive committee as its
he recognized his and his fellow cronies utter failure at
maintaining the Howard Johnson's brand, and subsequently closed
or sold each of his locations. The Waterbury Restaurant was
the only one to survive--barely! A partnership purchased the
eatery only to engage in a long-running dispute that was finally
settled in judicial proceedings.