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.

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Cheddar Ham Chowder


CHEDDAR HAM CHOWDER
The Machine Shed Restaurant Recipe

2 cups water
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups shredded sharp cheese
1 1/2 cups cubed, cooked ham
2 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
1/2 cup sliced celery
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
2 cups milk
1 (16 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained

In a large saucepan, ring the water, potatoes, celery, onion, salt and pepper to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender.

Ina medium saucepan, melt the butter and add in the flour. Add the milk all at once, cook and stir until it thickens and bubbles. Add in the cheese and stir until melted. Stir in the undrained vegetables, and return the large sauce pan to heat. Add in the corn and ham, and heat through.


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