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.




Tomato Florentine Soup

Tomato Florentine Soup
Shoney's Copycat Recipe

2 (14 oz) cans clear chicken broth
1 (14 oz) can sliced stewed tomatoes
12 ounces V-8 juice
10 ounces cream of tomato soup
1 tablespoon sugar
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
dash nutmeg
salt and pepper

Combine broth, tomatoes, juice and soup in a saucepan with a wire whisk over medium heat. Add remaining ingredients, without even thawing spinach. Allow to heat gently 30 minutes on medium-low until spinach is tender. Keep hot without letting it boil.

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