Arnold J. Isken opened his Howard Johnson's in 1955, it
was the start of a local hospitality empire which grew to
include a Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, and a Homewood Suites.
the way his son, Paul Isken, joined in running the HoJo's,
and every day that the Restaurant was open, a family member
was on site to ensure that the utmost in quality and service
was provided to patrons. At the heart of Isken's prosperity
was the HoJo's--the profits from it propelled the family
fortunes well into the 1990s. When interviewed by the Washington
Post in 2000, Mr. Isken stated that he had no intention
of giving up his 135 seat Howard Johnson's any time soon.