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.




Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie
Shoney's Copycat Recipe

Makes 1 Pie

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick butter
1 1/2 tablespoons shortening
1/8 cup ice water

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
1 pintsStrawberries
1 (12 oz) can 7-UP
whipped cream

Crust: Put flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Cut the butter, and shortening into the flour. Process a few seconds until process should take about 20 to 30 seconds. Wrap and chill for an hour. Remove from refrigerator,and let stand 15 minutes before rolling. You can double this up for a top and bottom crust.

Filling: In a medium sized saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch,and 7-UP until creamy. Cook over a medium to a medium high heat until the mixture becomes thick. When this mixture becomes thick, cool to room temperature, and add a couple of drops of red food coloring. Wash, and cut strawberries into quarters, or smaller depending on how large they are. Sprinkle a teaspoon or two of sugar on the strawberries, and place them into the shell. Pour the cooled 7-Up mixture over the strawberries. Allow this to set for a few minutes. Serve with plenty of Whipped Cream.

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