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, Cauliflower, Cheese Soup

Shoney's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Makes 6 servings

4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup half and half
4 slices Kraft Cheddar Singles
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or Velveeta
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley

Combine chicken broth, water, half and half, cheese, flour, onion and pepper in a large saucepan. Whisk to combine and to break up any lumps of flour, then turn heat to medium high. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to low.

Add broccoli and cauliflower to soup and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until broccoli is tender but not soft. For each serving spoon one cup of soup into a bowl and garnish with a tablespoon of shredded cheese and a pinch of parsley.

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