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.




Applesauce Sweet Bread

The Machine Shed Restaurant Recipe

3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups applesauce
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease the bottoms and sides of 2 8x4x2 inch pans.
In medium bowl, stir together flour, soda and salt; set aside.

Beat the butter in a large bowl with mixer for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and beat until mixed well.
Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat in the applesauce. Beat in the flour until combined.
Divide the mixture between the two prepared pans. Sprinkle the tops of each with cinnamon sugar.

Bake 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes, remove from pans and cool completely. Cut in 3 inch squares. Makes 2 loaves.

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