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.





Big Boy Restaurant Copycat Recipe

1 1/2 pounds ground round
1/4 pound pork sausage
Add 2 cups bread, shredded fine
2 eggs
1/2 medium white onion, diced
1 (6-8 oz.) can sliced mushrooms
salt, pepper and garlic powder
1/2 cup milk

Put milk and raw egg over bread crumbs to soak them. Add rest of ingredients and mix with hands and form into loaf. Pour ketchup over and let set 1/2 hour. Bake in a  350 degree oven for around around 1 1/2 hours.

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