Big Boy franchise is still growing, and has over 1,000 locations nationwide, with locations in Canada and even Japan. The oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy restaurant is the one located at 4211 W. Riverside Drive in Burbank, California, and was declared a historical landmark by the state of California in 1993.
The Creation of the Big Boy Double Decker Burger
As it would happen, one night a regular customer to Bob’s Pantry requested a hamburger, but wanted something different. Bob accepted the challenge, went to work on creating a new burger, and so the first double-decker hamburger was born. Customers loved the burger so much that Wian added it to his menu. There was one neighborhood boy in particular, Richard Woodruff, who loved the new burger. He would offer to help Bob sweep the restaurant in exchange for a free burger. Wian was inspired by the boy and named the new burger the Big Boy. Shortly thereafter, a regular customer and Warner Bros. animation artist Ben Washam, sketched the boy on a napkin, and the infamous Big Boy character was born. The rest as they say, is history.
New Developments After 75 Years
Big Boy is always working to improve their restaurant, and this 75th year of service is no different. Big Boy is currently trying out some changes to their menu. This year, they are testing a new Blockbuster Breakfast in the Grand Rapids, Michigan test market, which has garnered great success so far. Likened to the Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast, customers can mix and match 3 to 5 breakfast options at a more affordable price point.
They’ve also added the build-your-own-burger option, giving guests the ability to customize their burger to perfection. Some restaurants are also expanding their salad bars, with a build-your-own baked potato bar at lunchtime, and a taco bar at night.
Big Boy is proud of their 75 years of food service, with their 75th anniversary logo stamped on cups, napkins, banners, and other decor throughout their restaurant.
Congratulations to Bob’s Big Boy restaurant on 75 years of service!