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.




Walnut Brownie Pie

Shoney's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Makes 8 servings

1 (6 oz.) Keebler Ready Crust Shortbread Pie Crust
1/4 cup margarine or butter softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
6 (1 oz.) squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup chopped Diamond Walnuts

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add chocolate, instant coffee and rum; mix well. Stir in flour and 1 cup chopped walnuts; pour into pie crust. Bake 25 minutes. Cool. Chill 1 to 2 hours before serving. Top with Shoney's Hot Fudge, or whipped cream, or ice cream if you prefer.

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