Big Boy Restaurants & Statues (page 2)

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Frisch's was founded in Cincinnati in 1923. Dave Frisch arranged a franchise with Bob Wian around 1949. Frisch's used tartar sauce rather than 1,000 Island dressing on their burgers. Frisch's bought the rights to the Big Boy name in late 2000 after the Elias Bros. bankruptcy. There are now 88 company-owned Frisch's and 26 franchise units, all using the Frisch's Big Boy name. They are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. For more about Frisch's, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Frisch's Big Boy [gone]
Columbus, OH
2001: 2009:
The Columbus Frisch's location on Route 40 was built in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The sign was original but the building had a retro remodeling at some point. The statue appeared to be modern as well. In 2009, the restaurant closed and the building was demolished. The Walgreens which replaced the restaurant adapted the sign. The statue is gone. This photo shows a Frisch's in Columbus, IN which is most likely gone or remodeled.

Frisch's Big Boy
Wilmington, OH
Frisch's Big Boy
Moraine, OH
Frisch's Big Boy
Hamilton, OH
Frisch's Big Boy
Tampa, FL
Frisch's Big Boy [gone]
Lawrenceburg, IN
Mid City Plaza
Owensboro, KY
The Frisch's Big Boy in Wilmington features a similar sign to the one in Columbus, minus the neon. This photo is from 2009. By 2012, the sign pole had been painted red. In 2019, the top and middle panels were replaced. The readerboard remains. [map]

The Frisch's Big Boy sign in Moraine is another of the same style. Apparently, the top part of these signs revolved originally. This sign pole is also red now. [map]

The Frisch's Big Boy sign in Hamilton has neon and bulbs which are still lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

This Frisch's Big Boy opened in 1963. However, this is not the original sign. Frisch's closed its Florida locations by the 1990s. The sign in Tampa was advertising for the Pine Grove Family Restaurant in 2007. It was adapted for the Forest Hills Diner by 2011 and the building was demolished by 2014. The sign was adapted in 2015 for OK Carz. [map]

The Frisch's Big Boy in Lawrenceburg is still there but this sign is gone. It was replaced when the building was remodeled. This sign was the same style as the one in New Richmond, OH which is also gone now.

This Mid City Plaza sign appears to be an adapted Frisch's Big Boy sign. [map]

Frisch's Big Boy
Anderson, IN
This Frisch's Big Boy opened in 1959. These photos are from 2009. The sign pole has been painted red since then. This location features the original building, sign and statue. This is the oldest Frisch's statue that I know of. Note the Big Boy's striped paints, curved eyebrows, and projecting slingshot. Later statues had the slingshots flush with the statue's body to prevent them from being broken off. The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati has another old statue with the striped pants. [map]

Frisch's Big Boy
Milford, OH
This Frisch's Big Boy features an old sign like the one in Anderson shown above. These photos are from 2009. In 2008, part of the sign was painted green. This Big Boy statue has the projecting slingshot but wears checkered pants. It might have been repainted. For more, see this website. [map]

Frisch's Big Boy
Fairfax, OH
This Frisch's Big Boy sign was built in 1956. The airplanes' propellers spin. Around 2008, the sign was repainted. It was previously green and the planes were white. This is a modern Big Boy statue.

The "Mainliner" name on the sign is a reference to a passenger plane that operated out of Cincinnati's Lunken airfield. Frisch's Mainliner Drive-in opened here in 1939 and was the first drive-in in Cincinnati. Cincinnati's first Big Boy sandwich was sold here in 1946. The current building is from 1988. Around 2019, the statue was next to the entrance. For more, see this website. [map]

Frisch's Big Boy
Grove City, OH
Frisch's Big Boy
Brooksville, FL
This relatively new Frisch's Big Boy in Grove City still features the Big Boy statue. Note that this statue has no eyebrows. [map]

The Frisch's Big Boy statue in Brooksville is installed on the roof of the Coney Island Drive-Inn. It was restored and installed there around 2012. It had been located at a pawn shop in town for about 25 years before that. [map]

More Frisch's Big Boys:
Covington, KY [map]
Louisville, KY [gone]
Bethel, OH [map]
Cincinnati, OH [gone]
Cincinnati, OH: 1, 2 [gone]
Hillsboro, OH [map]
Lancaster, OH [map]

Azar's Big Boy
Fort Wayne, IN
former Parkette Drive-in
Charleston, WV
Big Boy went by the name of Azar's Big Boy in Northern Indiana and Colorado. I believe this is the only Azar's left. In 1954, the first Azar's opened in Fort Wayne but I don't know if this is the same place. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Parkette Drive-in opened here in 1947. In 1954, the owner, Alex Schoenbaum, renamed the restaurant Shoney's Big Boy and began operating other locations as part of the Big Boy chain. There are conflicting reports of just when Shoney's went independent. Some say 1976, others claim it happened in the early 1980s. In 2008, this Big Boy statue was installed on top of a 14-foot-tall pedestal as a tribute to Schoenbaum and the Shoney's chain. It was built in the style of the second Parkette Drive-in building which was round. That building was demolished in 1974. The monument functions as the Shoney's Museum with photos and information in the windows of the structure's base.

Big Boy International did not approve of this monument. The company felt that it created confusion about between the two chains and demanded that the statue be removed. In 2009 with the threat of lawsuits, it seemed inevitable that the statue would be removed. Sometime after 2010, the sign on the monument was changed from Shoney's Museum to Parkette. Perhaps that was enough to satisfy Big Boy International. The statue was still there in 2018. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

former Bob's Big Boy
Lakewood, CA
former Bob's Big Boy
Garden Grove, CA
These former Bob's Big Boy restaurants now house Coco's Restaurant & Bakery. The sign in Garden Grove was adapted. I believe the Coco's conversions took place in 1991. This Armet & Davis design was developed in 1958. By 2016, the Lakewood building was housing the Heritage Family Pantry. [map]

The Garden Grove location was built in 1965 and later housed a Carrow's restaurant. It became a Coco's in the 1980s. In 2016, the building was still housing a Coco's. It closed in 2017. Preserve Orange County is working with the owner to find a tenant that will respect the integrity of the building. [map]

former Bob's Big Boy [gone]
San Jose, CA
This Bob's Big Boy location was designed by Armet & Davis and built in 1965. This was the first Bob's Big Boy in Northern California. It closed in the late 1980s. The building later housed the Flames Coffee Shop. The sign was adapted with its spike shortened. The restaurant closed in 2016. In 2019, the building was demolished.

former Bob's Big Boy
Mesa, AZ
2012: 2017:
This former Bob's Big Boy was vacant in 2012. By 2015, the building was housing a wedding and party rental storage space. It now houses a used car dealership and the building has been painted gray. [map]

former Bob's Big Boy
Torrance, CA
This former Bob's Big Boy now houses a Coco's Restaurant. [map]

former Bob's Big Boy [gone]
Las Vegas, NV


This former Bob's Big Boy was built in 1966. By 1989, the building was housing a wedding chapel. It was housing the Chapel of Love when the photos above were taken in 2006. It had been renamed A Wedding Chapel by 2014. The building had been repainted and the drive-thru marriage window was closed. The building was vacant in 2018. In 2021, the building caught fire. It was demolished in 2021.

former Bob's Big Boy
Long Beach, CA
This former Bob's Big Boy was built in 1963 as the 18th location. The building now houses a Chase Bank. Before that, it housed a Blockbuster Video store. [map]

former Bob's Big Boy
Fresno, CA
This former Bob's Big Boy was built on a corner on an extra-large lot and featured two signs. An Exxon gas station was built in the parking lot and one of the signs was adapted. The station has since become a Valero and the sign was reworked again. The other sign was adapted for the Fu Hai Chinese restaurant which has been closed for many years. The building is hidden by trees and foliage. For more, see this website. [map]

former Kip's Big Boy
Oklahoma City, OK
This building design is so similar to the Bob's Big Boy buildings shown above that I assume it was built as a Kip's Big Boy. There were at least four Kip's Big Boys in Oklahoma City. However, I can find no proof that this was another location. The building now houses the Windsong Dojo. [map]

former Shap's Big Boy
Chattanooga, TN
This Shap's Big Boy was designed by Frank Gibson and built in 1959. It was both a dine-in restaurant and drive-in with carhops. It became a Shoney's Big Boy around 1962 and the sign was adapted. The building has housed Summitt Pianos since 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

More Big Boy Buildings:
former Harvey's Broiler (Downey, CA)
former Azar's Big Boy (Boulder, CO) [map]
former Azar's Big Boy (Denver, CO)
former Azar's Big Boy (Denver, CO)
Kip's Big Boy (Dallas, TX) [gone]
Big Boy (Tijuana, MEX) [map]

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