Mansfield News Journal Article
ONTARIO You better come hungry to Johnny Biggs, which opens Monday in the former T.G.I.Friday's on Lexington-Springmill Road.
The burgers are big, the fries hand-cut and the chili comes three ways, with meat, chicken or steak, the latter made with a bit of Jim Beam bourbon.
Co-owner John Bigadza of Richfield, Ohio, whose father Harry "Whitey" Bigadza founded Whitey's Booze N' Burgers in Richfield, said Saturday he decided to make Mansfield the site of his first Johnny Biggs restaurant, using his late father's already successful basic menu.
The theme of the independent eatery is set in the Prohibition-era 1930s. It's part modern-day speakeasy and part sports bar, featuring 15 big screen TVs, and is suitable for whatever gathering customers and families may have in mind.
Bigadza said the burgers keep people coming back, from the Maggie Biggs Burger, named for his mother Maggie and topped with mushrooms and grilled onions, to The Outhouse, which comes smothered in Swiss cheese with bacon and barbecue sauce.
Bigadza's wife, Caryl, operates the family's chili company, which sells chili in 40 states to numerous distributors, including Gordon Food Service Marketplace.
Co-owner Ross Farro said the idea for the new restaurant was to make it a place that's fun, able to serve the after-work crowd, families and parties with seating at 195.
The menu features pizzas and salads and plenty of appetizers. Desserts are big. Two or more people can share the $6.99 baked apple pie, chocolate brownies or funnel cake fries. The menu also includes ribs, chicken and pasta dishes, including BBQ Mac N Cheese.
Sixty-five people have been hired at Johnny Biggs, where interior renovations have created an upscale atmosphere. The restaurant features a couple of private booths, complete with curtains.
"We're going to try to keep our menus very, very reasonable. We really want to make certain everyone gets a good value," Bigadza said.
The new restaurant features an outdoor patio and a game room, where dart leagues are planned. Karaoke is set for Friday and Saturday nights.
Future plans also include a sand volleyball court, pending city approval.
NEW Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11 AM - 11 PM
Friday - Saturday: 11 AM - 1 AM