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.





The Machine Shed Restaurant Recipe

1 pound sliced Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon corn starch
2 tablespoons water

Peel and slice apples. Combine with zest and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan and heat on medium heat. Cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until apples are very tender. Mix 2 tablespoons water with cornstarch and add to pan. Bring to boil and turn off heat. Once cool, refrigerate.

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