The history of the Big Boy Chain is a long and complicated one, the basics of it though are this. Bob Wian developed the original concept calling his restaurant Bob’s Big Boy. He then licensed the Big Boy branding to other chains, with the only real requirement being that they served the Big Boy Hamburger. Which included a sesame seed bun, two beef patties separated by another piece of bread, served with a special sauce. Sound familiar? It’s the inspiration for the Big Mac among many other similar burgers.
With the use of licensing as opposed to franchising, large variety could be had between restaurants. Generally the only connecting factor was the burger and the name. Texas was part of the Kip’s Big Boy Franchise. Comparing older menus between the Bob’s and Kip’s chains it seems that Kip’s for the most part aligned themselves with Bob’s while adding extra items. The Texas locations began popping up in the early 1960s, and by the middle of the decade the expansion moved to Houston. The first Houston location to open was at 5111 Griggs Road. The original restaurant was also the first to close, not making it into the 1980s. The building was demolished sometime prior to the early 2000s, and a small commercial center was built, which was eventually demolished for a library.
The Bellaire location was the second to open, in 1966. This location would eventually be demolished to build a bank. The Westheimer location was the third to be built, it was also one of the last to close as Kip’s. In the 1990s it was converted into a Dot Coffee Shop location, and was eventually demolished for Central Market. The second Westheimer location was eventually converted into a Mexican restaurant which was demolished around 2016 for a new strip center. Finally, this leaves us with the Gulf Freeway and Spencer Highway locations, both of which are still open and operating as restaurants.
List of Locations
|5111 Griggs Rd Houston, TX 77021||Demolished|
|5320 Bellaire Blvd Bellaire, TX 77401||Still open in 1985 Demolished|
|7705 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77063||Converted into Doneraki Mexican Restaurant, Demolished 2016 for new center.|
|3839 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77027||Converted into Dot Coffee Shop, Demolished 2001 for Central Market|
|8520 Gulf Fwy Houston, TX 77017||Converted into Mannie's Seafood Restaurant|
|3807 Spencer Hwy Pasadena, TX 77504||Converted into Frank's Grill|