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.




Caramel Banana Hotcakes

Big Boy Restaurant Copycat Recipe

1/2 cup self-raising flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup skim milk
2 small bananas
olive oil cooking spray

Sift flour into a bowl.  Add 2 teaspoons brown sugar. Whisk egg and milk in a jug.  Stir into flour mixture until just combined.  Mash 1 banana and stir into flour mixture. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spray lightly with oil. Using 2 tablespoons batter per hotcake Cook hotcakes 2 at a time for 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface.  Turn over and cook for 2 minutes or until golden. Remove to a plate.  Cover and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter, spraying pan with oil between batches.

Add remaining 2 teaspoons brown sugar to frying pan. Stir in 1/2 cup warm water.  Cook, without stirring, for 3 minutes or until thickened slightly.  Slice remaining banana into 12 pieces and add to frying pan. Cook for 1 minute or until just warmed through.Remove from heat.  Turn banana to coat in sauce. Place 2 hotcakes on each plate. Top with banana and spoon over sauce.

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