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syrup09 Apr 5, 2012 01:18 AM

I found a website called Hojoland, about the almost defunct chain Howard Johnson's, (three are left.) They have a list of former locations. One of them was in Farmington Hills, MI on Middlebelt.
my question is where on Middlebelt was it ?

There was one near my house in Southfield on Ten Mile and Northwestern. it's been a Kerby's Coney Island for more than 20 years. However I still have memories of it growing up. I had an early birthday party their.

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    BobRe Apr 5, 2012 07:10 AM

    Sounded strange to me too.

    For what it's worth, I found this site, which says it may not have existed:

    http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/forgotte...

    Found another site as well... no mention of a Farmington Hills location.

    Bob

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    1. re: BobRe
      rainsux Apr 5, 2012 01:16 PM

      This website has an error for the Miller Road location in Flint. Says it became Mr. Gibby's in
      1985. I think that's ~ten years too late. I attended GMI from '74 thru '79. I never remember it
      being a HoJo. I do recall it changing from whatever it was to Mr. Gibby's during that five year
      period. 1975 seems 'bout right.

    2. rainsux Apr 5, 2012 06:52 AM

      Middlebelt? Really? That seems, well, odd. I would've guessed Orchard Lake. Given that HoJo also
      owned Ground Round, I will speculate that the olde Ground Round bldg (now Ram's Horn?) was the
      more likely site of a HoJo.

      The only location on Middlebelt that makes sense to me, is the present location of of Ginopolis, NW
      corner of 12 Mile & Middlebelt.

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