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.
Big Boy #1 – 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
Location: I-94 at Exit 138
Big Boy #3 – I-94 Exit 159
Location: I-94 at Exit 159
Big Boy #4 – I-94 Exit 169
Location: I-94 at Exit 169
Big Boy #5 – I-94 Exit 175
Location: I-94 at Exit 175