it was listed in official HJ directories before the Company's
demise, the hotel was not an authentic Howard Johnson's
at all. The downtown hotel only wore the HoJo name for a year
or two during the middle 1980s whilst the Company was desperately
trying to create some new wönder-concept to stave off
its inevitable end. The hotel was neither converted to meet
typical standards nor did it offer a Howard Johnson's Restaurant.
to its brief stint as a HoJo, the site was a 300 room Sheraton.
It later operated as the Minneapolis Plaza and then the Ritz
Hotel before being leveled to make way for a parking lot by
the middle 2000s.