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Frisch`s history before Big Boy

The Frisch Cafe was opened in 1905 in a beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio, by Samuel Frisch. Frisch`s was the first self-service restaurant - which meant that customers went to a counter, looked at the menu, and selected their own food. In 1945, after much success with his restaurant business, Sam's son David joined his father as an assistant manager of Frisch`s.

In 1939 they opened one more restaurant and created a small piece of America: Frisch`s Big Boy. David and his wife, Beatrice, worked to expand the business and in 1945 they got their first franchisee: the Hartsdale Drive-in in Pennsylvania.

When they become a part of Big Boy

After World War II Dave Frisch and his wife were approached by Bob Wian in an attempt to sell them the rights and trade name for Big Boy in America - Bob Wian thought that they should have been the ones who created it. In 1950 Dave became a partner with Bob, forming Frisch-Big Boy Corporation because he felt obligated to help his friend get back on his feet after the war took so much from him. He did however keep control of what he owned: Frisch`s.

Three more restaurants were opened in 1949 as a part of Big Boy units. The Frisch`s Big Boy was the first restaurant that was open 24 hours.

In 1954 Bob Wian asked Dave Frisch to buy him out. After much consideration, Dave decided to purchase Big Boy in 1955 - he kept operating it as a separate company, though. Six more restaurants were opened during this year. Two years later David and Beatrice took full control over Big Boy franchisees; they had 27 pretty successful restaurants by now. John Pinney (who had 11 locations under his belt) became president of the new corporation: Frisch-Big Boy Enterprises Incorporated.

In 1983, Frisch's introduced a revolutionary new service at many restaurants: drive-thru. This innovative idea revolutionized dining out by allowing customers to order their food without having them walk around or wait in line with other people who were also hungry!

How many locations does Frisch`s have?

Frisch`s had its humble beginnings with the opening of a single restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio back in 1905. As of today, there are around 100 Frisch`s Big Boy Restaurants located throughout the Midwest.

What states have Frisch's?

Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Western Pennsylvania

What are some of Frisch`s products?

Frisch's offers a classic American menu consisting of Big Boy hamburgers, Chef salad with turkey! French fries and chicken sandwiches. They also have breakfast that is available all day long for those who just can't wait to have breakfast at dinner time.

Another service that they provide is catering - whether it be an offsite meeting or onsite Jobsite lunch you need to be catered they can help. What would you expect from one of the most experienced caterers in Cincinnati? Oh yes, they do provide Big Boy desserts as well! You name it they will most likely have it!

Is Frisch's getting rid of Big Boy?

It's not clear when, or even if, Big Boy will disappear from the menus of America's diners. But one thing that is for sure is that Frisch isn't getting rid of him yet. The trademarks in some states became a part of their own and they're still around to keep up appearances (and profits).

What is the Frisch`s vision?

This company is not only about burgers that will look like Big Boy; Frisch`s is about family. They are known to bring the whole family together for an overall great experience. They're about providing good food, fast service, and clean facilities at a reasonable price.

Frisch's vision in one sentence: "We will provide quality food in a clean environment with excellent service where everyone feels welcome"

Do they have take-out and delivery?

Yes, they have both take-out and delivery. Their Big Boy hamburgers are to die for!

Do they have coupons?

They accept all coupons that are available in the store. The coupons are free so why not use them right away?! They're there for a reason after all! As long as you follow the terms of use, you'll be good to go! It's very easy to redeem them too.

Does Shoney's own Frisch's?

It's not clear where Shoney's gets its Frisch's Big Boy, but the likelihood is that they do indeed own it. After all, it would make sense for two restaurants of that size to team up and offer a shared menu. Plus, it's hard to imagine a world without Frisch's Big Boy. If you're looking for a taste of nostalgia, then head on over to Shoney's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and enjoy one of America's most iconic comfort foods.

Final verdict

Frisch`s is a great company to work with and visit. They provide very good food and they also have a sense of family within the restaurants; everyone is welcome! Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner Frisch`s provides great service and experience for customers to enjoy!

Typical Hours of Operation

Mo 7:00 - 20:00
Tu 7:00 - 20:00
We 7:00 - 20:00
Th 7:00 - 20:00
Fr 7:00 - 20:00
Sa 7:00 - 20:00
Su 7:00 - 20:00

Locations: 105 locations in 23 states and 67 cities.


Price Range: Below Average

Noise Level: Average

Cuisines: Fast Food, Chicken, Take Out, Caterers

Attire: Casual

Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only


  • Take Out
  • Fast Food
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch & Lunch


  • accepts credit cards
  • offers takeout
  • wi-fi
  • offers delivery
  • good for kids
  • good for groups
  • has tv
  • take out
  • caters
  • good for a quick meal

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