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Big Boy Restaurant & Statues in Michigan

Big Boy Restaurants launched in 1936 and until this weekend I had never seen one in person. The chain began in Glendale, California but moved its headquarters to Warren, Michigan in the late 1980s by one of the many owners the restaurant has seen over the years. There are 455 Big Boy restaurants in the United States and Canada. Over one hundred of those locations are in Michigan and of those Flopsy and I managed to see seven on Saturday.

 

Flopsy in front of a Big Boy statue in Michigan

 

The original man behind the brand was Bob Wian who owned and operated a small space called “Bob’s Pantry. One day a visit by a nearby orchestra hankering for something different inspired his creation of a three-bun, two patty burger that is still a bestselling item to this day. A chubby youngster who entered the restaurant inspired the name, which took off not just as the sandwich’s moniker but as the new name to the diner as well. Another customer sketched a curly haired boy on a napkin and that, in turn inspired the logo and the iconic statue that welcomes diners in.

Of the seven restaurants I saw only five of them had that familiar boy. While each had a strikingly similar look there were variations to each restaurant providing a unique yet familiar experience to any diner in any city.

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Big Boy #1 – I-94 Exit 23 in Michigan

 

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 23 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 23 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 23 in Michigan

Location:4641 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, MI 49127 (I-94 at Exit 23)

 

 

Big Boy #2 – I-94 Exit 138

 

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 138 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 138 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 138 in Michigan

Location: I-94 at Exit 138

 

 

Big Boy #3 – I-94 Exit 159

 

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 159 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 159 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 159 in Michigan

Location: I-94 at Exit 159

 

 

Big Boy #4 – I-94 Exit 169

 

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan

Location: I-94 at Exit 169

 

 

Big Boy #5 – I-94 Exit 175

 

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 175 in Michigan

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 175 in Michigan

Location: I-94 at Exit 175

 

 

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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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