The Frisch's Big Boy statue and concession booth are near the Gapper's Alley entrance at aisle 119 on the third base side. Photo courtesy of Dan Mahan - OMGreds.
Dan Mahan with his son, Wes.
Photo courtesy of Dan Mahan– OMGreds.
Big Boy wears No. 46 to honor the year that a Big Boy sandwich was first sold at Frisch’s Mainliner in Fairfax. Photo courtesy of Dan Mahan - OMGreds.
Big Boy gets his own baseball card with his appearance at Great American Ball Park, just like the other major leaguers. Kids visiting the concession booths will get a baseball card, with more given away by Big Boy during the summer apprearances at festivals and parades.

Frisch’s Big Boy Back at Great American Ballpark!

With baseball season starting, Frisch’s is looking forward to operating its two concession booths inside Great American Ballpark. One booth is located near the Gapper’s Alley entrance at aisle 119 on the third base side. The other booth is located near aisle 130 on the first base side. Employees from local Frisch’s prepare the freshly made Big Boy sandwich with our original recipe tartar sauce with French fries, as well as Chicken Fingers and French fries.


Volunteers of local not-for-profit organizations prepare the beverages and cash out customers. There is a highly visible 6’ 6” Big Boy statue dressed as a 1970s Cincinnati Reds ball player sporting #46 just in front of the Gapper’s Alley booth. This number represents 1946, the year the first Big Boy was served at the Mainliner in Fairfax. Baseball Big Boy has become a meeting place and a photo opportunity for fans in the ballpark.

The booth also sells Chicken Fingers, which come with a boatload of French fries and plenty of tartar sauce. Frisch’s employees from Greater Cincinnati cook the products and are joined by not-for-profit volunteers who are the cashiers and draw beverages. Great American Ball Park is the one place you can get a Frisch’s Big Boy and a beer.

"The employees are getting a kick out of working at the ball park," said Lindon Kelley, regional director for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, whose staff works at the Gapper’s Alley booth. Opening day sales were unofficially 1,000 Big Boy sandwiches. "I was thrilled when I saw on Facebook that Frisch’s was going to be at Great American," said Sam Buescher, a recent college graduate and downtown resident. "I had a blast at the Opening Night game and my Big Boy with fries made the Reds victory that much sweeter."

Frisch's History with the Reds
Frisch’s history with the Reds goes back to the late 1950’s, early 60’s with signage in the park on the left field wall and ads running on Reds on radio. Currently the longest running radio partner, Frisch’s also ran ads on televised games for several decades as well during the 70’s and 80’s. In 1985, Frisch’s became a limited partner of the Cincinnati Reds organization, but sold that partnership in 1998. Our recent opening of two Big Boy concession stands at Great American Ball Park continues our long-standing affiliation with the Cincinnati Reds.

Former Bird Trainer Kevin Keller teaches Outreach participants
about animals, like the penguin.
Joan Hall shows off Harley, a gold and blue macaw.
Frank Noack and daughter Nikki with Mike Nicolai and an
exotic python from the Cincinnati Zoo.
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The Frisch’s Theater is visited by thousands of zoo visitors each year.

In 1977 Frisch’s began sponsorship of the educational outreach program offered by Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens; a program that takes animals out of the zoo and into classrooms. Frisch’s Outreach now visits approximately 1,000 classes per year, K though 12, and reaches almost 30,000 students annually.

In 1981, Frisch’s began to sponsor a similar face-to-face program for zoo visitors called the Frisch’s Discovery Center; a small amphitheater where adults and children are allowed to both see and touch live animals.


This particular program won the prestigious AZA (American Zoological Association) Award for Educational Excellence in 1982. Because these programs meet the National Scholastic Academic Standards, teachers regard Frisch’s Outreach as a part of their yearly curriculum.

Frisch’s also sponsors the Cat Ambassador Program. This program is recognized internationally as a leader in innovative teaching and has been widely copied in American zoos.

In 2006 the Zoo opened its Education Center featuring the Frisch’s Theater. It is home to the Zoo’s Barrows Lecture Series, dinner events, staff meetings, children’s workshops, and much, much more. It has as varied an event menu as Frisch’s has a food menu.

For over 35 years Frisch’s has made it possible for pr ograms like these to provide wondrous opportunities for children and adults to learn from and about animals at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

The Frisch's Theater is visited by thousands of zoo visitors each year.

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Cathryn Hilker, founder of the Frisch’s Outreach Program and the Cat Ambassador Program at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Much of this article has been reprinted from her article which appeared in our 2009 Reporter.

Cathryn is also the author of the book,
“A Cheetah Named Angel” written in 1992.

Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana Exhibition June 13, 2013 thru January 5, 2014

Forget about the dinosaurs you know, this is a whole new breed of beast. We bring you, Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana, a new exhibition featuring recent dinosaur discoveries from the Southern Hemisphere. On display in the United States for the first time ever, don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience dinosaurs you’ve never seen before, in ways you’ve
never imagined.
For tickets and information go to

Cincinnati Museum Center and Frisch’s Partner for Natural History Exhibits

In 1990, Cincinnati Museum Center opened in the Union Terminal, and Frisch’s has been a part of their success since the Museum Center’s opening.

There are three museums inside the Union Terminal Building: The Cincinnati History Museum, Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural History. “Frisch’s has helped bring many unique exhibits like Cleopatra and Dinosaurs Unearthed to our community and helped us celebrate Union Terminal’s 75th anniversary a few years ago,” said Douglass W. McDonald, President and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Craig Maier’s leadership, throughout the years, as a former member of the Board of Trustees inspired the Corporate Business Partners Campaign, a critical source of funding for Museum Center.”

Frisch’s helps promote exhibits through kids coloring menus, and contributions that provide the Museum Center with funds for special exhibits like– the Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and, Grossology, the (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Artifacts from Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt was shown in 2011.

The most recent educational program was the 2012 exhibit, A Day in Pompeii. Included were treasures unearthed in the ancient Roman city that was frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Dinosaurs are a very popular exhibit. On June 13, 2013, Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana, will feature recent dinosaur discoveries from the Southern Hemisphere shown in augmented reality.

Augmented reality is a view of the real, physical world with a layer of computer-generated animation over top of it. When viewed with the naked eye, the exhibit is dinosaur skeletons. But when holding up a computer tablet supplied by the Museum Center, or the free app downloaded to a smart phone, the viewer sees dinosaur flesh over the skeletal casts to see what the dinosaurs might have looked like with skin on. It shows how they would have moved and behaved. It brings the dinosaurs to life and allows the Museum Center to deliver educational information in a way that’s engaging and fun to use.

“We’ve supported previous exhibits of dinosaurs in the past, but this new exhibit with augmented reality takes dinosaurs to a higher level,” said Craig Maier. “It is not just gadgetry; it provides an educational opportunity not seen anywhere in the United States, and we are happy to help provide a world-class experience through our sponsorship.”

Located in Cincinnati’s picturesque Eden Park, the Art Museum is open six days a week. Admission is always free.
2005. As one of many ways Frisch’s helps promote the arts, kids coloring sheets are often used to tell about exhibitions at the Art Museum.
2009. As one of many ways Frisch’s helps promote the arts, kids coloring sheets are often used to tell about exhibitions at the Art Museum.
2011. As one of many ways Frisch’s helps promote the arts, kids coloring sheets are often used to tell about exhibitions at the Art Museum.
An adaptation of a painting by Potthast featuring Big Boy that children can color, is a fun way to help them identify with this year’s Edward Henry Potthast exhibition.

In May 1886, a permanent art museum building was completed in Eden Park and was heralded worldwide as “The Art Palace of the West.” The Cincinnati Art Museum enjoyed the support of the community from the beginning. Generous donations from a number of prominent Cincinnatians grew the collection to number in the tens of thousands of objects, which soon necessitated the addition of the first of several Art Museum expansions. Frisch’s first contributed towards the Cincinnati Wing of the museum building in 2003, the first permanent display of a city’s art history in the nation.


Still located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year. Travelling exhibitions visit museums when local support underwrites the stay.

“Frisch’s is proud to be a museum supporter through Educational Sponsorship,” said Craig F. Maier, president of Frisch’s. “Beginning in 2003, with our contribution to the Cincinnati Wing, Frisch’s has sponsored exhibitions that have a wide appeal to families.”

Many of the exhibitions sponsored by Frisch’s over the past ten years include:

  • 2004- Petra: The Lost City of Stone
  • 2005- African Art, African Voices: Long Steps Never Broke a Back
  • 2007- Saul Steinberg Illuminations
  • 2008- Louise Nevelson, "untitled" 1958, permanent acquisition
  • 2009- Building Books: the Art of David Macaulay
  • 2010- See America, Museum Series
  • 2011- The Amazing American Circus Poster
  • 2012- Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection
  • 2013- Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast

The Art Museum is open six days a week, making greater Cincinnati’s most treasured cultural asset accessible to everyone. General admission is always free for all. Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions or participate in the Art Museum’s wide range of art-related programs, activities and special events.

In September 2011, Frisch’s CEO Craig Maier became president of the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Art Museum. A member of the museum’s board since 2001 and chairing numerous committees, Maier has been heavily involved in all aspects of the institution’s operations.

“Craig’s leadership extends across all aspects of the organization,“ said David Linnenberg, Chief Administrative Officer at the museum. “Producing world class exhibitions for our visitors takes time, talent and money. The sponsorship they have provided through the last ten years has afforded us the opportunity to connect world class art to the region, improving the quality of life for all of us.”