Photos 1989-'90: Scott Sargent
Kansas City-North, MO -- 1600 N E Russell Rd (N E Parvin Rd)

Kansas City-North was a classic Motor Lodge and Restaurant Howard Johnson's complex built in 1963. It originally offered 79 guest rooms. Business boomed and by the late 1980s the Motor Lodge boasted 110 rooms as well as a host of top notch HoJo's amenities.

Brochure ca. 1970s: Dan Donahue

Host of the Highways

What do you want in away from home hospitality? Howard Johnson's-North has it. We are a full service facility with accommodations tailored to fit your needs. The completeness of our facility enables us to welcome groups of just a few to 300 for all purposes. Get together with us to inspire the salesman, show new products, hold a seminar, have a reception or rehearsal dinner, host a banquet. We have the meeting rooms and equipment. Our staff knows how to provide the service with swift, efficient coffee breaks, luncheon, or dinner. We're function specialists.


Above: The Embers Lounge was once a swinging/happenin' night spot. During the course of North's life as a Howard Johnson's, an attention grabber was the manager's complimentary cocktail reception held nightly!

Below: The Restaurant's overflow or possibly Lamplighter Room was tastefully decorated and featured an extensive wine selection.


Photo October 2005: Phil Edwards

North's Motor Lodge lasted as a Howard Johnson's until 1991. Subsequently it was converted into a Travelodge, Ramada Inn, the Parks Lodge, and finally the Super Inn. With each name change the once ultramodern top of the line Motor Lodge sadly lost its brilliance becoming seedier and seedier.

Below: Still outfitted as a Restaurant, the former HoJo's proclaimed that it was "open" as The Diner. However The Diner was already no more by the early 2000s.

Photos 2000s: Scott Sargent
Photos October 2005: Phil Edwards

Above: Stripped of its "open" and The Diner signs the Restaurant was vacant in 2005.

Below: Bizarrely recycled, the Restaurant by 2006 had come to be a place where Oriental characters denoted it as the U.S. Commercial Furniture sales center...uh huh--whatever.

Photos December 2006: Phil Edwards
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