Big Boy takes legal action against Michigan franchise site for violating state coronavirus orders


This Big Boy has a big problem.

At the Big Boy franchise site in Michigan, Big Boy Restaurants reportedly terminated its franchise agreement for violating coronavirus restrictions.

The Sandusky franchise site allegedly violated Michigan’s latest coronavirus restrictions, which say restaurants will close indoor dining by Dec. 8 due to positive cases. The state is currently experiencing exponential growth, nearly four times the previous April peak.

The Big Boy company approached the franchise owner, Troy Tank, to prevent the franchise from operating under his name.
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However, the Big Boy in Sandusky continued to serve indoors while allegedly adhering to other corona virus security measures, such as limiting capacity to 50% and exercising social distance, Michigan Live reported.

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The Big Boy corporate headquarters approached franchise owner Troy Tank to shut down the franchise under his name while not complying with a state health ordinance.

“Big Boy is committed and always committed to the health and safety of our customers and employees,” he said in a statement to Michigan Live. “Franchise operations in Sandusky, Michigan, do not represent Big Boy as a brand, our operations or our standards.”

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GoFundMe, created by the franchise, said the owner reported that “the franchise agreement with Big Boy Corporation LLC has expired,” but the now “Sandusky Family Restaurant,” as it calls itself in fundraising, continues to strike back on Michigan corona virus restrictions.

“We should just shut down, send everyone home, and hope our employees will be able to skip all the hoops that are now the unemployment system,” Tank told Michigan Live about his decision to stay open. “They would be left alone as the holidays approach, and I’m not okay with that.”

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The restaurant stays open every day and incurs a $ 1,000 fine for violating state rules, Tank wrote in GoFundMe. Currently, the restaurant has amassed a $ 5,000 fine for violations.

GoFundMe is currently just over $ 7,500 for $ 10,000.

Big Boy corporate did not respond immediately to the request for comments.