Big Boy

After Slow Growth Big Boy Revamps

Big Boy Restaurants International LLC, a doyen of the milkshake and double-decker burger meal, is battling to survive as the economy ravages family dining establishments.The Warren-based chain of restaurants famous for its rotund, burger-bearing mascot in red-and-white-checked overalls turns 75 this year, keeping pace with the age of its core demographic: seniors who enjoy lingering mornings over an inexpensive plate of eggs and hash browns.

Service, Quality and Flavor are Key for Full-Service Restaurants

Full-service restaurants will see an average sales decline of 1.9 percent this year and a slow start to 2012.But those that do well are differentiating themselves from the limited service competitors that are eroding their market share, according to research results presented at the recent Technomic Restaurants 2011 Trends & Directions Conference.