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Parkview Restaurant Transforms itself into Big B Take-Out for a Great Cause

Winnie and Marion enjoy a Big B Burger this past Saturday at Parkview Restaurant in Oxford to help raise funds for River Philip's Mike LeBlanc who is currently receiving treatment for esophageal cancer. The cost of Mike LeBlanc’s treatment alone, excluding accommodations and travel expenses, is $40.000.00.

OXFORD- If you didn’t know any better, you might have thought that you were transported back in time to the 1970s by the DeLorean time machine on Saturday.

For one day only, the Parkview Restaurant transformed itself into the Big B Take-Out to help raise money for River Philip’s Mike LeBlanc. LeBlanc is currently in Ontario receiving treatment for esophageal cancer. The cost of Mike LeBlanc’s treatment alone, excluding accommodations and travel expenses, is $40.000.00.

To date, approximately $10,000.00 has been raised by the local area for LeBlanc.

One of several former Big B employees who returned this past Saturday to Oxford to serve items off the original Big B menu was Debbie Seguin of Dartmouth.

Her father Cyril Mitchell, who died of esophageal cancer, was the original Big B owner. “The Big B was one of the take-out first restaurants of its kind, much like the A & W and the original Chicken Burger Restaurant in Bedford,” stated Seguin. “My father invented the Pizza Burger back in the year 1974,” stated Seguin.

From 1972 through the 1980s, the Big B was packed. “The parking lot was filled on Friday and Saturday nights,” stated Seguin. “Cars even parked across the road,” she added. “Rush hour those days was been 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm; supper time; between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm; from 12:00 am and 2:00 am,” stated Seguin.

Throughout the day, Seguin asked customers how they enjoyed the Big B Burger, the Take-Out Restaurant’s signature burger. Back in August of 1972, the Big B Burger cost 45 cents while the Little B cost 35 cents. On Saturday, the Big B was selling for $4.29 as an extra dollar was added on for fundraising purposes.

As was the case during the Big B’s heyday, orders were placed in box covers from the liquor store; before that, the IGA. “Mr. Swan would always save them for,” stated Seguin. “We would use the box covers for bigger orders,” she added.

One thing that was different on Saturday from the original Big B Take-out restaurant is the seating area enjoyed by modern day Parkview Restaurant goers.

Fifty-fifty tickets were also sold to benefit Mae and Mike LeBlanc who, according to a source, is responding well to his latest round of chemotherapy treatments.

Organizations: Big B, Pizza Burger, IGA

Geographic location: OXFORD, Ontario, Dartmouth Bedford

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  • Dolly Smith
    September 09, 2013 - 09:10

    Hi I remember the pizza burger, it was sooo good, best around, I live in Riverview, NB now and wish I had of known about this cause, this is a great idea and nice to see the community rally together to help Mike Leblanc, wishing him a speedy recovery and the best of luck.