The company originated with a drive-in restaurant called "Parkette" in Charleston, West Virginia. Alex Shoenbaum opened the restaurant in 1947, then acquired a Big Boy franchise in 1951. Two years later, Shoenbaum renamed the Parkette "Shoney's Big Boy." During this time, Ray Danner was building a restaurant business in central Tennessee and opened his first Big Boy franchise in 1959 in Madison, Tennessee. He incorporated his privately owned company in 1968

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Shoney's, Inc., is one of the restaurant industry's most respected companies. As of 1998 the restaurant chain operated or franchised over 1,300 restaurants in 34 states, including Shoney's, Captain D's, and the Pargo's and Fifth Quarter specialty restaurants. The company owned 893 restaurants and franchised 494 others.




Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole
Shoney's Copycat Recipe

Serves  6-8

2 eggs
6 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped
3 cups rice, cooked
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 lbs Velveeta cheese
3 cups half-and-half
1 cup Ritz cracker, crushed
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place eggs in mixing bowl and lightly whip for approximately 20 seconds. 
Add broccoli, cooked rice, salt and pepper. Mix well to incorporate ingredients.  Dice Velveeta into 1/4-inch pieces. Place diced cheese and half-and-half in microwave safe container. Cover and microwave for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Add to ingredients in bowl. Blend well to mix all ingredients. 
Spray a medium baking dish with cooking spray. Pour casserole mixture into the pan and bake for 30 minutes.  Top the casserole with Ritz crackers and cheddar cheese and cook for 5 minutes more, or until cheese melts and crackers brown.

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