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 a Michigan road trip 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.

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Of the seven restaurants I saw only five of them had that familiar boy. While each of these Michigan roadside attractions 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

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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Photo recap of Big Boy statues throughout Michigan. These iconic roadside attractions sit outside Big Boy restaurants across the state and country. It's a thing to do in the state: stop by for a road trip meal on your Michigan road trip or vacation and check out the weird roadside attractions while you're there!
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Photo recap of Big Boy statues throughout Michigan. These iconic roadside attractions sit outside Big Boy restaurants across the state and country. It’s a thing to do in the state: stop by for a road trip meal on your Michigan road trip or vacation and check out the weird roadside attractions while you’re there!

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.