Kip’s Big Boy is back on Abrams

Isett found this original seven-foot-tall Kip's Big Boy statue in a North Dallas back yard.

Isett found this seven-foot-tall statue in a North Dallas back yard.

That’s right: At Abrams and Trammel, you can find an original Kip’s Big Boy mascot, in all of his seven-foot-tall glory, hoisting a burger to passers by courtesy of White Rock Landscaping owner Gary Isett, who lives in the house on the intersection’s northeast corner.

Isett, a longtime Advocate advertiser, mounted the Big Boy a week or so ago after completing a small flagstone patio, Cowboy-star plant bed and new sod leading up to the Big Boy statue, which replaced a small Buddha that resided there originally. The nod to restaurant history is Isett’s way of getting some attention for his landscaping work, which is evidenced by the installation.

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“I was doing a job in North Dallas, and it was in the back yard of a neighbor,” Isett says about his acquisition process. A little haggling later, the Big Boy was on its way to our neighborhood.

As we were talking next to the statue, a neighbor jogged by and yelled out: “Good work; reminds me of my childhood!” And another couple parked their pickup across the street and walked over for a photo opportunity.

Isett says he’s planning to have the statue refurbished soon at Rick Fairless’ Strokers Dallas cycle shop, and he has a couple of padlocks, lighting and other security measures to keep the statue from walking away in the meantime.

And don’t bother to ask him which Big Boy this guy once guarded: Isett says he doesn’t know.

“I think they all went away before I got my driver’s license,” he says.

White Rock Landscaping owner Gary Islett is using his own lawn and a Kip's Big Boy mascot to promote his business.

White Rock Landscaping owner Gary Islett is using his own lawn and a Kip’s Big Boy mascot to promote his business.

The paint is peeling a bit, but the trademark smile and burger still attract a crowd.

The paint is peeling a bit, but the trademark smile and burger still attract a crowd.

 


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  • Don Liscum

    my email is dliscum@skybeam.com.

  • Mark Gelhaar

    If someone would contact Big Boy restaurats Int’l LLC in Warren, MI they could put a brand new beautiful Big Boy Restaurant in just about anywhere in the Dallas area they wanted to…..New locations are available and they have all the training, costs, and set up information readily available. The new Big Boy Restaurants are going up in several states and cities with many prime locations to choose from now. I am hope full that we will see many Big Boy restaurants in Dallas and other Texas cities soon like we did with the Kip’s Big Boys in the 50’s,60’s’, and 70’s. I personally miss the famous “Big Boy” double decker hamburger and the homemade golden brown onion rings and the great hot fudge ice cream cake! Gotta go..I’m hungry now! Thanks! Mark Gelhaar a former Kip’s Big Boy Manager now retired. All comments photos and letters are welcome! markgelhaargelhaar@gmail.com M.Gelhaar 608 N. 7th St. Lumberton, MS 39455

  • Bill

    Back in time, way,way back. I lived at the Plantation House Apt. on Hudnall St. in Dallas. Me and my roommates would go to Kips on Mockingbird just about every Sunday for lunch. I met my wife at the Plantation House and we married in 1964. Seeing this guys landscape idea brings back very fond memories our times in Dallas. We will be married 50 years this October. I think he should restore old Big Boy to his original glory. We haven’t been in Dallas in many years but if we every get back I would loved to see this icon of times gone by. Bill

  • Bill

    My best friend’s little brother and some fellow class mates at Thomas Jefferson High School class of “79 used one of those for a senior prank. They hauled it to the roof of TJ and filled it with cement.

  • Wilson!

    That is too cute! Too bad some party poopers want to “turn him in” (not sure for what). They’d probably get the city to take away his motorcycle, too, if they could – you know what kind of element those bring around.

  • Neighbor

    I drive by this everyday and it looks very trashy… we have been working to clean up the area and not make it worse. I plan on researching this with the city to have it removed.

  • Susan Remele

    The Kips that was on Zangs near Wynnewood Shopping Center in Oak Cliff was where i grew up…so many wonderful memories of family dining at Kips as well as gathering here for football game after parties in junior high and high school.

  • Susan Remele

    The Kips that was on Zangs near Wynnewood Shopping Center in Oak Cliff was where i grew up…so many wonderful memories of family dining at Kips as well as gathering here for football game after parties in junior high and high school.

  • nwilson

    super cute…I love it

  • nwilson

    super cute…I love it

  • nwilson

    super cute…I love it

  • Fred

    This has got to violate one or more city ordinances. Permanent advertising on residential property? Hope someone turns him in…although I like the idea.

  • Fred

    This has got to violate one or more city ordinances. Permanent advertising on residential property? Hope someone turns him in…although I like the idea.

  • supeluke90

    It always smells horrible when i ride/drive by that intersection

  • supeluke90

    It always smells horrible when i ride/drive by that intersection

  • amc

    Love this!

  • CC

    Now if the guy could just make me a Big Boy Combo Platter and a hot fudge sundae :)

  • Rick Wamre

    Glad to help out, Erin. I saw Big Boy out there a couple of days ago and didn’t have time to stop. Today when I had time, I was fortunate to find Gary getting ready to rid off on his motorcycle. Luckily, he saw me and had time to tell me his story.

  • Erin

    I drive by today and thought – what IS that?! And my next thought was the Advocate needs to explain it to me. And now you have. Thanks!

  • c0mal

    I want one in my yard!

  • pconner

    Sure wish the restaurant was back on Mockingbird…