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.




Strawberry Cheesecake

Shoney's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
40 ounces cream cheese
5 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/8 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 package strawberry glaze

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup of the white sugar, and the melted butter together. Press mixture into the bottom of one 9 or 10 inch springform pan.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, eggs and egg yolks; mix until smooth. Add the remaining 1 3/4 cups white sugar, the flour and the heavy cream. Blend until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn oven temperature down to 200 degrees and continue baking for 1 hour. Let cheesecake cool, then refrigerate. Mix strawberries and glaze gently. Top pie when ready to serve.

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