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ORIGINAL BIG BOY EATERY SHUTS DOORS AFTER 51 YEARS

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Connoisseurs of American meat-and-potatoes cuisine mourned as the original Bob's Big Boy restaurant closed after 51 years in Glendale, Calif. The restaurant, which served up its last Big Boy Combo on Monday, will be demolished and replaced by a minimall. "I've eaten thousands of hamburgers here. I've come here all my life," said Ben Trigg, 57, who remembered being at Bob's when it opened in 1938. Then, he was a hungry 7-year-old whose mother rewarded him with a hamburger and chocolate shake afte clarinet lessons. Among the mourners was the restaurant's founder, Robert C. Wian, 75. "I feel perfectly lousy about it," he said. "There is a lot of sentiment tied up in that place. But it's difficult to stand in the way of progress." Wian sold his car for $350 to buy the 10-seat diner that became Bob's Big Boy. A few years later, Wian converted it into a drive-in restaurant but kept the same meat-and-potatoes menu. A hamburger and a milk shake "so thick you can eat it with a spoon"