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.




Banana Bread

The Machine Shed Restaurant Recipe

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 slight beaten egg whites
1 cup mashed banana (3 medium)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cooking oil
cooking spray

Lightly coat an 8x4x2 inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.  In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl stir together the egg whites, banana, sugar, and oil.  Add flour mixture all at once to banana mixture.  Stir just until moistened (the batter should be lumpy).  Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center come out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Cool completely on rack.  Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

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