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.




Hot Fudge Sunday Cake

Shoney's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

1 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups very hot water

Mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons. cocoa, baking powder, and salt in 9 inch square pan. Mix in milk, oil and vanilla extract with fork until smooth. Stir in nuts. Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa. Pour very hot water over batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Spoon warm cake into dessert dishes. Top with ice cream. Spoon sauce from pan onto each square.

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