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 Fluff

Shoney's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

4 cups fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and halved, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup Grand Marnier (or other orange-flavored liqueur)
1 (6 oz.) box strawberry Jell-O, unprepared
2 (8 oz.) containers Cool Whip Non Dairy Topping

Place 2 cups strawberries in a large mixing bowl, set aside. Mash 1 cup of the strawberries.
Combine mashed and unmashed strawberries, sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in Grand Marnier; cover and chill. After thoroughly chilled, mix with strawberries (set aside), Jell-O, and Cool Whip. Refrigerate.

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