Top 10 Untold Truths of Big Boy

  • Published on Apr 29, 2019
  • Here's a list of the Top 10 Untold Truths of Big Boy. Big Boy burgers have been around for a long time and these are the top 10 things you didn't know about Big Boy.
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    Big Boy fans will love this list. We're here to share so many fascinating untold truths about this USA restaurant chain, which has been around since the 1930s. If you think the Big Boy mascot is cute, enjoy the wonderful signage from Big Boy and are curious about this eatery's menu items, then let’s get the inside scoop on the top 10 untold truths of Big Boy.
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    0:24 Big Boy Used To Have A Different Name
    1:44 Japanese Franchises Don't Offer Big Boy Burgers
    3:13 The Founder Sold His Vehicle To Fund The First Big Boy
    4:50 The Owner Invented The Double Deck Cheeseburger
    6:18 The Mascot Was Based On A Real Child
    7:36 The Big Boy Founder Went Into Politics
    8:42 There Was A Grisly Crime At A Big Boy Restaurant
    10:11 A Big Boy Eatery Was A Robert De Niro Movie Location
    11:21 Vintage Big Boy Memorabilia Is Valuable
    12:44 The Beatles Loved Noshing At Big Boy
    - Big Boy used to be called, "The Pantry". The Pantry was a single restaurant. It had ten stools and sold lunches to customers. Later on, the founder of The Pantry decided to change its name to "Bob's Pantry".
    - It's always interesting to see what restaurant chains offer in other countries. When it comes to Big Boy Japan locations, Big Boy burgers are not on the menu. That's almost hard to believe, isn't it?
    - It's always fascinating to learn about the lengths that entrepreneurs will go to to make their business dreams come true. When their sacrifices do pay off, it's inspiring. Bob Wian, the founder of Big Boy restaurants, sold his own vehicle to get the money that he needed for his very first restaurant.
    - Ever tried a Double Deck Cheeseburger? Big Boy is renowned for these burgers, as well as their french fries. Founder Bob Wian created the hearty Double Deck Cheeseburger. Today, there are two Double Decks to choose from.
    - The Big Boy mascot is cute, isn't he? You may not know that he was based on a real boy. He was just six years of age and his name was Richard Woodruff. Bob Wian was fond of the boy because Rick was really into burgers.
    - Bob Wian was the founder of Big Boy and he passed away at the age of 77. This sad event took place in 1992. Before his passing, he pushed the envelope in business through his successful restaurant chain, and also got into politics.
    - In 1995, in Ohio, there was a grisly occurrence at a Big Boy restaurant in Toledo. The police were alarmed to discover that an adorable statue of Big Boy had been cruelly vandalized.
    - De Niro fans who also love Big Boy burgers will be pleased to learn that a Big Boy restaurant was a movie location for Robert De Niro's film, HEAT. This movie also featured actors Val Kilmer and Al Pacino.
    - If you've got some authentic Big Boy merchandise at home, and you're willing to part with it, you should know that your memorabilia may be worth some real money. People adore classic Big Boy merchandise and they are willing to pay a pretty penny for it at auctions.
    - Even musical legends crave fast food. The Beatles were Big Boy fans. There’s a Beatles booth in a Big Boy restaurant in Burbank, California. In the sixties when The Beatles were in the States, they used to drop by the restaurant. This was a pivotal time for the Fab Four.
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  • BabbleTop
    BabbleTop  6 months ago +12

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    • Tony Williams
      Tony Williams 6 months ago

      They’ve classic theme songs from the 80’s

    • Jarren Lumpkin
      Jarren Lumpkin 6 months ago

      BabbleTop hey you made me hungry 😂😂😂😂😋😋😋

    • PvP Nite
      PvP Nite 6 months ago


  • Morphic c
    Morphic c 7 days ago

    We used to go to Big Boy all the time when I was a kid but it closed. I miss it :(

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  6 days ago

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  • Jeffrey Richardson
    Jeffrey Richardson Month ago

    trash was disgusting
    scotts fairlane supple rusting
    brothers plot gusting

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  Month ago

      Okusting. Did you like the video Jeffrey Richardson? 😄

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  Month ago


  • Lovely Jandi
    Lovely Jandi 2 months ago


  • Schrodinger's Cat
    Schrodinger's Cat 3 months ago


  • Sirens Of SW Ohio
    Sirens Of SW Ohio 3 months ago

    A LOT in Cincinnati

    • Sirens Of SW Ohio
      Sirens Of SW Ohio 3 months ago

      @BabbleTop yes

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  3 months ago +1

      🍔 Thanks for your feedback Sirens Of SW Ohio! 😄 Did you like the video?

  • James Penrose
    James Penrose 4 months ago

    They used to offer a whole line of dressings in supermarkets. I loved their California dressing, sort of a thick ranch. They use Lawry's seasooned salt in the restaurants before they made their own brand. Used to see Lawry's in almost any coffee shop in Southern California back in the 60's.

  • Bill Swan
    Bill Swan 4 months ago

    Made by Bill Swan

    • Bill Swan
      Bill Swan 4 months ago

      BabbleTop Bill made it out of fiberglass

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  4 months ago

      ????? 🤔🤔

  • Quincee 33
    Quincee 33 4 months ago

    Meh. Didn't hate it but nothing to brag about.

  • Neil Dickson
    Neil Dickson 5 months ago

    Boring! How they stay open is a mystery to me. They should go the way of K-Mart!

  • Ty Demitroff
    Ty Demitroff 5 months ago

    :31 I counted 12 stools

  • Gaua Shxh
    Gaua Shxh 5 months ago +1

    Big boy, stay back....
    Who’s here from Tik Tok lol😂
    If so, continue the song

  • John McQue
    John McQue 5 months ago

    The Big Boy Burger, is the real Big Mack, McDonald's is not what think it is.

  • Jeffrey Richardson
    Jeffrey Richardson 5 months ago

    lauries table cloth
    bird shirt on the table roth
    michaels eye are a

  • Jeffrey Richardson
    Jeffrey Richardson 5 months ago

    lauries hemorrhoid
    scott laughs he does love pink floyd
    hope oil can boyd

  • SouthCalifas619
    SouthCalifas619 5 months ago

    Funny thing is now Big Boy is rare to find in Southern California. I live in San Diego and the nearest Big Boy is in Tijuana Mexico

  • memyselfand ifarmer
    memyselfand ifarmer 5 months ago

    i worked there in the late 80's, great food. locations south of pittsburgh pa.

  • chuck s
    chuck s 5 months ago

    Shoney's Big Boy Still Around In Nashville.

    • Robert Thomas
      Robert Thomas 3 months ago

      Shoney's is still around but Shoney's discontinued it's Big Boy franchise in 1984.

  • Mister Hand
    Mister Hand 5 months ago +1

    I took Big Boy shit just minutes butthole hurts.

  • Kevin Westrom
    Kevin Westrom 5 months ago

    Big Boy's have never expanded beyond being only in the southern states. It's completely unknown & never been seen in the northern states. I had thought when i first saw the mascot, it was from an entirely different restaurant chain. Had no idea that this was a real burger chain, being from a northern state location.

    • Kevin Westrom
      Kevin Westrom 3 months ago

      @Robert Thomas Fine.

    • Robert Thomas
      Robert Thomas 3 months ago

      Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island. We can also venture west. At one time Big Boy even had units in Hawaii and Alaska.

    • M Louttit
      M Louttit 5 months ago

      Ohio is not a southern state nor is Arizona and both had Big Boy restaurants.

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

      Thanks for your feedback Kevin Westrom! 😄 Did you like the video?

  • Kevin Westrom
    Kevin Westrom 5 months ago

    Does this chain offer cheeseburger with something other than American cheese for the cheeseburgers? Cheddar, Swiss, Pepperjack ?

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

      No. 😢 Did you like the video Kevin Westrom? 😄

  • Kevin Westrom
    Kevin Westrom 5 months ago

    I had only thought this was a made up restaurant for the Big Bang Theory when Sheldon mentioned it. Apparently not.

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

      LOL Kevin Westrom 😂😜 Now you know better.

  • FLINTmitten810
    FLINTmitten810 5 months ago +3

    I actually work at big boy in Clio mi just 5 miles north of flint!

  • Richard Heinen
    Richard Heinen 5 months ago

    If you love salt, I mean an outrageous and insane amount of salt, go for the meatloaf.
    When the mgr stopped at the table to ask how our food was I said “ya might tell the cook to lighten up on the salt”
    She replied “oh, we don’t make meatloaf here, it comes in a pouch and we just heat it up”

  • Abel Grier
    Abel Grier 5 months ago +1

    I can't believe that they didn't mention their famous blue cheese dressing, still available in grocery stores today! Sooo good!

  • Dave Miller
    Dave Miller 5 months ago

    You sucked me in to whatching another commercial

  • Smug Smugly
    Smug Smugly 5 months ago +1

    I knew somebody that worked there, they told me the special sauce was made from Crisco, mayo, ketchup, wd-40 and pickles.

    • Smug Smugly
      Smug Smugly 3 months ago

      @Robert Thomas So no WD-40?

    • Robert Thomas
      Robert Thomas 3 months ago

      I worked there and wrote most of the Wikipedia Big Boy articles. Red relish (sweet pickle relish, chili sauce, ketchup) and mayonnaise. Wian put red relish on the top bun layer and mayo on the club and bottom layer. Franchisees were allowed to mix them into the special sauce. Frisch's, and its subfranchisees Manner's and Azar's use/d tartar sauce instead.

    • Smug Smugly
      Smug Smugly 5 months ago

      @Larry Rosenburg Good un

  • Amanda Morse
    Amanda Morse 5 months ago

    Scoop soup with a ladle? Really? Thought I would use a fork. And put it on a plate instead of a bowl.

    • Amanda Morse
      Amanda Morse 5 months ago

      @BabbleTop Yup you had me at soup and bowls and spoon

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

      🍴 LOL Amanda Morse 😂😜 Did you like the video?

  • Ashley Gilmore
    Ashley Gilmore 5 months ago

    There was A big boy n Knoxville TN BK n tha 80's

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

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  • john brendle
    john brendle 5 months ago

    I miss big boy used to eat there a lot but sadly big boy near me went out of business about 20 years ago

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

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  • Sam Vance
    Sam Vance 5 months ago

    In Ohio, it’s only known as Frisch’s Big Boy. If you ask about Bob’s Big Boy, you’ll get some funny looks.

    • Robert Thomas
      Robert Thomas 3 months ago

      The two Big Boy restaurants in metro Cleveland were once called Bob's Big Boys.

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

      Thanks for your feedback Sam Vance! 😄 Did you like the video?

  • WillWilsonII
    WillWilsonII 5 months ago +1

    X-mas mid 80's my brother and I were in line to see Santa at the mall. The line was huge and taking forever. Mom wanted to keep waiting but dad, who was outside the line, said "Do you guys wanna see Santa, or do you wanna see Bob? There was a Big Boy statue and we got
    our picture taken there. Other parents noticed it and started doing the same thing.

  • marc arcoria
    marc arcoria 5 months ago

    Theres soo much wrong in this video i dont have the life in me to go into it all( yes im terminally ill).all i will add is that every city over 30k people had a bigboy with carhop service .some big boys in suburban cleveland were only 4 miles apart and many of the original buildings are still standing .

    • Robert Thomas
      Robert Thomas 3 months ago

      There tended to be variation between Big Boy franchises such as Manner's Big Boy in Cleveland which had a loyal following. Big Boy enjoyed great popularity in the Midwest with Frisch's, Manner's, Elby's, Azar's, Elias Brothers, Frejlach's/Top's, Tote's/Shoney's, McDowell's, and to a lesser degree Kip's and JB's operating there. I'd say there were topics BobbleTop didn't cover, which is understandable, more than mistakes.

  • marc arcoria
    marc arcoria 5 months ago

    Big boy had a great soup and salad bar in ohio and it was all you can eat.

  • Kat Bowl
    Kat Bowl 5 months ago +1

    We have Azar's Big Boy in Fort Wayne IN. Great food.

  • dickey moore
    dickey moore 5 months ago +1

    We used to have Shoney's Big Boy in Georgia when I was a little boy

    • antlers163
      antlers163 5 months ago

      @ dickey moore - There was one in Forest Park, Georgia that I went to many times in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

    • dickey moore
      dickey moore 5 months ago

      @Jeffrey Hendricks kewl i wish there was one near me

    • Jeffrey Hendricks
      Jeffrey Hendricks 5 months ago

      Understand there is still one in Lavonia.

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago


  • James S.
    James S. 5 months ago +2

    Regarding the movie "Heat", the restaurant at the time was Johnny's Fatboy in Downey CA. It opened in 1954.
    One waitress that was there in 1982 had started there when it opened. She told me it had carhop service (with roller skates) originally.
    It eventually closed about 25 years ago and it became an office. Real estate I think. The owner tried to demolish the building one night with a bulldozer without a permit but was stopped. It turned out the building was a cultural landmark and couldn't be touched. It's one of the last surviving "Googie" buildings, designed by John Lautner.
    The building owner had to restore the damage and now it's reopened as a Bob's Bigboy.
    I'll also mention it's about a mile from the 3rd McDonald's, opened in 1953.

    • James S.
      James S. 5 months ago +1

      @Lidia Astorga
      Thank you. I lived fairly close to that restaurant from 1973 til 1985. I ate there twice a week in the 70s. I mostly remember the tuna sandwiches.
      Now that I think about it, I think the name was Johnny's Broiler, the "fat boy" was the name of the burger. It had a mascot similar to the "big boy".

    • Lidia Astorga
      Lidia Astorga 5 months ago +1

      True story

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago +1


  • thom- mark
    thom- mark 5 months ago +1

    It was Manners Big Boy on Ohio's North Coast.
    Bedford Manners was the hang out in the 60's and 70's with their car hop service....miss those days.

    • thom- mark
      thom- mark 5 months ago

      @M Louttit
      😁Went to Kent State in 70' and 71', lived in a boarding house on Main St. across from the Administration Bld. Channel 5 News at 11 was the station I believe, can't recall the sports broadcaster though.

    • M Louttit
      M Louttit 5 months ago +1

      I remember Manner’s quite well in Cleveland in the early 1950’s. I was four years old, it was my favorite restaurant. One of the TV stations in Cleveland had an evening news program sponsored by Manner’s Big Boy. The sportscaster ended every program by taking a bite out of a Big Boy every night. We lived in Kent, so going to Big Boy in Cleveland was a big deal for me.
      No mention of the famous strawberry pie in the video. Another signature dish.

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago


  • Toyz4twats1
    Toyz4twats1 5 months ago

    I'm confused!
    In the South, there was a chain called Shoney's and they had a Big Boy burger and used that same statue. What's the story behind that?

    • Robert Thomas
      Robert Thomas 3 months ago

      Additionally, Shoney's enjoyed a 25 year free license which expired about 1976, and incurred a great expense after that date. Meanwhile Frisch's Big Boy enjoyed a perpetual free license, which frustrated Shoney's (and other franchisees). And Marriott didn't promote the friendly interaction between franchisees that Wian did. Long story short: Shoney's built several non-Big Boy restaurants in Frisch's territory. Frisch's sued. Frisch's lost. Shoney's bought out their franchise agreement and left Big Boy in 1984, removing better than a third of the total Big Boy restaurants. Several other major franchisees followed over the next decade or so.

    • Toyz4twats1
      Toyz4twats1 5 months ago

      @BabbleTop Awesome! I have wondered since my childhood about the differences/relationship between them. I had the Big Boy in both restaurants and the ones from the official franchises were of better quality than Shoney's version, which was a smaller patty and a sometimes toasted bun( which was a real head scratcher).

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago +1

      Shoney’s is a privately held restaurant chain headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Operating primarily in the South, Shoney's also has restaurants in the Midwest and lower Mid-Atlantic states. Founder Alex Schoenbaum opened the 1st Parkette Drive-In in 1947, and became a licensee of Big Boy Restaurants in 1952. 2 years later the name was changed to Shoney's, and aggressive subfranchising followed. 30 years later, having outgrown its Big Boy territory, Shoney's dropped the Big Boy affiliation.

  • thelastone7139
    thelastone7139 5 months ago +2

    Used to go there back in the 70's in San Diego(La Mesa), always got the Bob's Big Boy Spaghetti and Chilli
    . Man, I miss them days...

    • thelastone7139
      thelastone7139 5 months ago +1

      @BabbleTop It was well done, good info, and visuals.

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

      Thanks for sharing this thelastone7139! 😄 Did you like the video?

  • Abdulrahman X
    Abdulrahman X 5 months ago +2

    I went to this restaurant in 80's early 90's. Great food.

  • H.P. Oliver
    H.P. Oliver 5 months ago

    You don't have a clue what Bob's Big Boy is all about in SoCal. More ignorant TVclip hogwash.

    EMMA NONE OF YOURS 5 months ago

    Big Boy Burgers is nothing more than a plagiarism of McDonald's

  • scottieman2
    scottieman2 5 months ago

    I want that Japanese Big Boy statue.

    • scottieman2
      scottieman2 5 months ago

      @BabbleTop yeah it's cool

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago +1

      LOL! Did you like the video scottieman2? 😄

  • Pax Humana
    Pax Humana 5 months ago

    I think that Japanese Big Boy franchises need to get the Big Boy Burger, as well as give their unique items, and make the menu items the same worldwide, which means make Japanese Big Boy exclusive menu items available in the USA and elsewhere. People in the USA would absolutely love to have steak as an option on the menu.

    • Robert Thomas
      Robert Thomas 3 months ago

      They might have offered it in the beginning. Demand and problems with buns might have been issues as they were in Thailand.

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

      Yes Indeed Pax Humana 😁😁 Did you like the video?

  • Death By Design Graphics

    The big boy statue was a yearly senior prank at my high school. They would steal one every year and put it in a different location on school grounds. The one I can't figure out was how they got it on top of the school gymnasium.

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago

      LOL! Thanks for sharing this! Did you like the video Death By Design Graphics? 😄

  • microbusss
    microbusss 5 months ago

    Big Boy was in Shrek 2 as Friar's Fat Boy

  • Bob Riemersma
    Bob Riemersma 5 months ago

    Anyone been along US-2 in the Upper Peninsula lately? There used to be a series of Big Boys along that road, each of which had one or more imaginatively-painted moose statues out front. These either came from an old Toronto art project or were part of it in the first place. Anyone have the background on that?

  • Bob Riemersma
    Bob Riemersma 5 months ago

    Used to love the Swiss Miss. There seem to be variations, but mine always had 1 patty, a slice of onion, a slice of swiss cheese, and a grill-seared buttered rye bun. No dumpster-drippings "sauce" of any kind.

    ROBIN WILTON 5 months ago +1

    Big Boy has the biggest P***s in the world. 😲😲😲😲😲

  • danoh's toolbox
    danoh's toolbox 5 months ago

    they had a big boy in Hamilton Ontario Canada back in the day

  • Robert Becerra
    Robert Becerra 5 months ago +2

    I grew up in the 80s and once in awhile we would go to big boys on Saturdays and they would have a breakfast buffet there the pancakes were really good and so was the French toast I guess you could say fast forward 30 years later I was in Burbank and I ran into this Bob's big boy I thought they totally went out of business I went inside I ate a hamburger & reminded me of being 10 years old again

  • Saber SMAW
    Saber SMAW 5 months ago

    We used to have like 6 of them here and now there is only 1 location here anymore, and I have yet to visit it since I did not know about it till over a month ago.

  • GUNTHER 66687
    GUNTHER 66687 5 months ago

    Big boy sucks now days maybe back in the day but now no

  • Mike Btrfld
    Mike Btrfld 5 months ago

    They had good fried chicken

    • BabbleTop
      BabbleTop  5 months ago +1

      Thanks for your feedback Mike Btrfld! 😄 Did you like the video?

  • Joe Shmoe
    Joe Shmoe 6 months ago

    Bob's Big Boy's at one time put a small wooden stick into the burgers that were ordered with no cheese. Do they still do this?

    MURR DOG 6 months ago

    Americana, USA

    MURR DOG 6 months ago

    Toledo always been a dump..

    MURR DOG 6 months ago

    Still eat at big boys, Michigan..l love their slim Jim sandwich.

    • Mike Urashevich
      Mike Urashevich 5 months ago

      The one I worked at , 8-Mile and Ryan , was the first with a salad bar, 1975

  • Michael Bacon
    Michael Bacon 6 months ago

    Isn't Paul McCartney a vegan?

    • Roy Rowland
      Roy Rowland 6 months ago

      He wasn't at the time he went to a Big Boy.