Photo of sign and Big Boy statue.
"Tops-- 'Home of ther Big Boy Hamburger'-- became a landmark at the corner of Fifth Street and South grand Avenue.
"The Big Boy restaurant chain started in California in 1936 by Bob Wian, who sold his car for $350 to open one small restaurant. It grew to be a franchising company of several hundred Big Boy locations. "In Illinois, they were originally franchised simply as 'Tops."
Most Big Boys in Illinois are gone and I never saw this one in Springfield, but enjoyed the Tops Big Boy in Palatine, Illinois, on Northwest Highway when I was growing up. The original Bic mac sandwich. Loved those two patties and the thousand island dressing.
I know in other states there is a Fritch's Big Boy chain.
And, you just have to enjoy that "Big Boy" statue.
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