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Chock Full o'Nuts and Howard Johnson
Chock Full o’Nuts
Still a major retail coffee brand, the restaurant chain once flourished with some 80 locations in the New York area, all of which have since closed. A unit opened in New York in 2010, but it didn’t last long.
At one time one of the largest restaurant and hotel chains in the country — the orange roof brand ranked fifth in terms of systemwide foodservice sales in 1973. After multiple management changes, only a couple of restaurant locations survive today.