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.





Shoney's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Serves 4 - 6

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (10 oz.) can condensed tomato soup
1 (10 oz.) soup can of water
1 (6 oz.) can of tomato paste
3 teaspoons chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 (15 oz.) can of red kidney beans

In a large 4 quart saucepan, brown crumbled ground beef and onion. Drain off excess grease. Add tomato soup, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt and sugar. Mix well. Simmer for one hour.
Add drained kidney beans, and simmer one more hour.

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