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.




Buttermilk Ranch Potato Salad

Big Boy Restaurant Copycat Recipe

2 pounds new potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes, diced into 1 inch chunks, skin on
2 bunches of green onions, trimmed and chopped fine
2 medium fresh tomatoes, diced fine
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup real bacon bits
salt and pepper, to taste
12 oz. Frisch’s Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Wash and dice potatoes and boil in salted water for about 8 minutes, (until potatoes are cooked, but still firm). While potatoes are cooking, dice and chop the onions and tomatoes. When potatoes are done, drain and cool to at least room temperature. In a large bowl, add all ingredients, + dressing and gently toss with a rubber spatula to coat evenly. If needed, sprinkle with a touch of salt and pepper to taste.

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