last of the surviving free-standing Howard Johnson's Restaurant
buildings in Minnesota, the St Paul-Roseville location was built
on an out-parcel of the Har
Mar Mall in 1963. The Nims-type Restaurant probably did a good
business for its first few years, but by the early 1970s it didn't
meet projections and was converted into a Ground Round. Like most
Ground Round conversions, the Restaurant was completely remodeled
so that only its general shape tells observers what it had been.
Howard Johnson Company did very well with the Ground Round concept--especially
in the middle northern part of the United States, and many Orange
Roofed HoJo's were converted during the 1970s. The unit at Roseville
operated for about thirty years before it was closed. By the middle
2000s a former Ground Round manager had reopened the restaurant
calling it the Backyard Bar and Grill.