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.




Double Deck Cheeseburger

Big Boy Restaurant Recipe

Makes 6 servings

2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 teaspoons prepared mustard
4 teaspoons dill pickle relish
6 hamburger buns, split
shredded lettuce
6 onion slices
6 tomato slices

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.  Shape into 12 thin patties.  Broil 4 in. from the heat for 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, mustard and relish; mix well.  Spoon 2 tablespoons on each burger. Return to the broiler just until cheese softens.
Serve on buns with lettuce, onion and tomato.

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