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MARC'S BIG BOY

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MARC'S BIG BOY. Big Boy was started as Bob's Pantry in 1936 by Bob Wian in Glendale, California. The restaurant became known as "Bob's, Home of the Big Boy Hamburger" then as Bob's Big Boy. It became a local chain under that name and nationally under the Big Boy name, franchised by Robert C. Wian Enterprises.

Marriott Corporation bought Big Boy in 1967. One of the larger franchise operators, Elias Brothers, purchased the chain from Marriott in 1987, moving the headquarters of the company to Warren, Michigan, and operating it until declaring bankruptcy in 2000.

Following the bankruptcy, the chain was sold to investor Robert Liggett, Jr., who took over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), renamed the company Big Boy Restaurants International (BBRI) and kept the headquarters in Warren. The company is the franchisor for 107 Big Boy restaurants in the United States. BBRI also licenses over a hundred Big Boy restaurants operating in Japan

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The 1977 through 1989 Dubuque City Directory listed 2600 Dodge.