the greedy feeding frenzy led by Marriott's insatiable lust for
quick and easy profit during the middle 1980s following Bill Marriott
the elder's death (disclosure: I own Marriott
stock), Speedway's Howard Johnson's Restaurant did not stand a
chance. It was closed and shorn of its Orange and likely served
as any number of eateries (shown on these pages as the El Rodeo
featuring Mexican cusine).
that by the latter 2000s, the former Speedway Motor Lodge was
operating without the benefit of any brand identity as simply
the Budget Inn--likely with the next economic upturn, yet facilitated
by another shyster enduced credit bubble, the site will be redeveloped--and
nothing of the once ultimate in luxury will remain....