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 Work continued June 4 to repair damage at Big Boy on 12 Mile Road at Hoover Road after a May 15 fire. The restaurant’s sign promises a return soon.

Work continued June 4 to repair damage at Big Boy on 12 Mile Road at Hoover Road after a May 15 fire. The restaurant’s sign promises a return soon.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Crews working to repair fire-damaged Big Boy in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 5, 2020

WARREN — The cause of the fire that damaged Warren’s Big Boy last month remains unknown, but the company is apparently committed to reopening the restaurant at 12 Mile and Hoover roads.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to the restaurant late on May 15. The first unit arrived within four minutes, and the fire, which began near a cold storage area and a mechanical room, was brought under control 10 minutes after their arrival.

“There wasn’t a lot of fire damage to the two storage areas where the fire originated, but there was heavy smoke damage to the entire building,” McAdams said.

He said because of the restaurant’s open floor plan, “Smoke just traveled everywhere.”

The fire also got into the restaurant’s attic, which meant firefighters had to cut through the roof.

The total damage was listed at about $500,000. That apparently included stocked food that had to be discarded because of the smoke damage.

While the cause remained undetermined, McAdams said the fire was not suspicious.

The restaurant is company owned, according to city records. No one could be reached for comment at the corporate office of Big Boy Restaurants International, LLC, in Warren, and the phone system could not accept a message seeking comment.

McAdams said, however, that the corporate office had conveyed its intention to repair the restaurant and reopen.

“That store was very profitable, very popular, and corporate is committed to that location,” McAdams said. “We did our own investigation with their insurance company, and their insurance company did a third investigation and all the conclusions were the same. We’ve turned the building back over to the property owners, and reconstruction has begun already.”

The building was built in 1976, according to city records.

Other Big Boy locations include Madison Heights, Rochester, Troy and Clinton Township.