Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Remember Big Boy?

I think this may depend on how old you are, but when I was a kid, going out to eat was a BIG deal.  Even McDonald's, which hadn't been around for very long when I was a kid, was a treat.

For me, one of the best restaurants in the world was Big Boy.  I LOVED going to Big Boy!  Here in Wisconsin we had Marc's Big Boy - what was the franchise near you?

Because of my love for the rotund little guy, I HAD to get these burger wrappers when I saw them on Old Stuff Only a while back.


Aren't they great?  I have four of them.  They have that wonderful wax paper-feel to them.  I had never seen Shoney's-franchised Big Boy ephemera before, so I jumped at the chance to have some in my collection.  In fact, before seeing these, I didn't even know that Shoney's had ever been a Big Boy franchise!  But yes they were, before 1984.  They dropped the Big Boy name that year because they wanted to expand into other states, which were franchised by other Big Boy restaurants.

That was the neat thing about Big Boy restaurants - as a kid I remember being so excited visiting an Elias Bros. Big Boy in Michigan.  My mom would tell me about the Bob's Big Boy when she and my dad lived out in Reno.  And in my twenties, I visited Cincinnati, where they were Frisch's Big Boy.  That Big Boy had BLOND hair!  :D

There are a few remaining Big Boys around - Brian, my mom and I ate at one during a trip to Michigan two years ago.  But for some reason, there are 200 Big Boy restaurants - in JAPAN!  Who knew?  :D

I have used my wrappers only once so far - to make this ATC.  I will use these again, somehow - stay tuned!  :D


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    1. You're welcome, Annie! I love making people remember good stuff. :D

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  2. Whoa. Wait. Your parents lived in Reno? Nevada? I grew up in Carson City! I only remember the Bob's Big Boy stores, I remember loving to go there but not getting to go very often! It was always a treat.

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    1. Amy! 'Tis true! They lived there from October of 1967 'til February of 1969. I was only four months old when they moved back to Green Bay, so alas - no memories for me. I do recall wanting to visit Reno as a kid - just to go to the different Big Boy! :D

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  3. In my hometown of Pocatello, Idaho we used to have a JB's Big Boy. I really miss that giant Big Boy when I go back home! It sure added to the boring scenery on that street!

    I guess JB's, like Shoney's left the Big Boy franchise. If you haven't seen it yet, there is some info on Wikipedia => http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boy_Restaurants

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    1. YAY! ANOTHER great Big Boy franchise story! It's too bad they all had to go - I liked them so much better than their familiar counterpart, Perkins (except for the old wishing well, where you could pick out a prize!) :D

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  4. We had a Bob's Big Boy in Lemoyne, PA...just outside of Harrisburg, PA.

    The Big Boy statue they had outside the front door was stolen as a prank. The newspapers had a field day with headlines like: "Where is Big Boy?". Eventually he was returned.

    The restaurant did close down, morphed into a Chinese restaurant, and is now replaced with a bank.

    Can't wait to see what else you do with the wrappers! :-)

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    1. HA! I wonder how many Big Boys were stolen in their heyday? It's such a perfect icon to "steal"! Ah, those were the days... :)

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