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.




Beef and Cabbage Soup

Shoney's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Serves 10

1 pound ground beef
1/2 head cabbage
2 celery ribs
1 bell pepper
1 onion
1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans
1 (28 oz.) can tomatoes
4 beef bouillon cubes
2 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups water
1 teaspoon pepper

Dice the vegetables. Brown the ground beef. Drain. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Cook until wilted. Add the diced cabbage. Add tomatoes juice and all. Add Worcestershire sauce. Add pepper. Add 2 cups water and the boullion cubes. Add drained beans. Cook 30 minutes.

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