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Although still used by that chain, some Frisch's restaurants currently display the West Coast statue instead.
In recent years, Big Boy statues have come into conflict with local zoning ordinances.
This motivated a common Big Boy mark, derived with elements of both predecessors, (B) and (C).
He retained the look of the West Coast figure (C) but assumed the running pose and orientation of the East Coast figure (B).
In 2002, Tony Matar, a Big Boy franchisee in Canton, Michigan was cited in violation of local sign ordinances.
The town claimed the statue was a prohibited second sign; Matar asserted that the 7 foot statue was a sculpture, not a sign.
The inspiration for Big Boy's name, as well as the model for its mascot, was Richard Woodruff (1932–1986) of Glendale, California.
Differences between the East and West Coast designs, including the statues, created confusion along the Ohio-Michigan border where Frisch's and Elias Brothers operated.
The company is the operator or franchisor for 77 Big Boy restaurants in the United States.
Immediately after Liggett's purchase, Big Boy Restaurants International—then known as Liggett Restaurant Enterprises—negotiated an agreement with the other large franchise operator, Frisch's Restaurants.
When a Brighton, Michigan franchise closed in early 2015 for financial reasons, zoning codes caused the entire sign—topped with a rotating Big Boy statue—be taken down before the restaurant could be reopened.
In contrast the planning commission in Norco, California—known as Horsetown USA—was concerned that the statue was not western enough.