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.

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Skillet Meals


Shoney's restaurant chain is releasing a taste of Southern-style comfort foods in the form of skillet items for their menus. The best thing about skillet items being introduced to restaurants is that they're pretty much piping hot and waiting to be chowed down.


  • Homestyle Braised Beef -braised beef served with mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies. 
  • Chicken Pot Pie - slow cooked chicken and veggies in a creamy sauce. 
  • Kentucky Hot Brown - roasted turkey breast topped with tomatoes, bacon and a cheese sauce. 

All the skillets came with the salad, soup and fruit bar. They were available through November 27, 2013.

Notes: The Chicken Pot Pie Skillet is the only one of these dishes that is still on the menu.



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