to Howard Johnson's Restaurant directories Northampton opened in
March of 1965, and was a classic 1960s Nims type. It was sited for
maximum visibility and was easily spotted from a distance with its
gleaming Orange Roof.
unit was built adjacent to the Towne House Motor Lodge with its
"61 luxurious rooms and swimming pool." Placement between
a popular bowling alley and the motel afforded the HoJo's a steady
stream of hungry patrons. The Restaurant lasted until the early
1980s and was possibly converted into a Ground Round.
both the bowling alley and motel (converted into a Best
Western) remained (2005), the Howard Johnson's had been converted
into multiple uses not involving food service. It is likely the
only former HoJo's to house a plastic
surgery clinic and medispa!
Additionally its parking lot hosts a freestanding drive-up