SANDUSKY, MI – The franchise owner of the Big Boy Restaurant in Sandusky, Michigan has terminated his agreement with Big Boy Restaurants LLC. This decision has followed the recent citations concerning the emergency orders that all of Michigan is under due to COVID-19.
The Sandusky Big Boy remained open after the state ordered restaurants to close dining room services. For that defiance the owners of the franchise are now facing thousands of dollars in fines and Big Boy Corporation LLC took action to take away the franchise license. The owners of the franchise launched a GoFundMe asking for help as they are facing thousands of dollars in fines.
Information was received by MDHHS from local health departments and local law enforcement regarding non-compliance with the order. The civil fines are due within 30 days of receipt of the citations. Additional establishments are slated to be cited.
The owners of the Big Boy Restaurant posted to their Facebook page a cropped photo of the restaurant with the Big Boy logo blacked out on Friday November 27th, 2020:
Attention patrons, supporters and fellow patriots …..At this time we plan on and will remain open daily.
Unfortunately we have been contacted by corporate Big Boy and they are planning on taking legal action against us. It is our decision at this time due to our hand being forced to terminate the franchise agreement we have with them.
We had hoped that after 35 years of working together that corporate would sympathize with our cause and rally behind us, they did not. So because of this we plan on moving forward without them.
Thank you Big Boy for all the years of partnership and memories, best of luck to you.
Please continue to support us and be patient as this adds many more hurdles to address in this already crazy time.
Thank you for all the amazing support thus far, please share …..God bless
The Big Boy Restaurant Group disavowed the Sandusky franchisee’s actions and chief operating officer Bob Scavo said in a written statement the Big Boy corporation and its franchisees do not approve the actions of the “rogue franchisee.”
“We have taken the steps to terminate,” Scavo said, and the corporation has taken legal action and submitted the necessary paperwork on Monday to terminate the restaurant as a franchisee.
The corporation owns the name, recipes and rights to the Big Boy characters. By terminating the license, the franchisee must take down anything identifying it as a Big Boy.