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.




Creamy Coleslaw

The Machine Shed Restaurant Recipe

1 1/2 (16 oz.) packages coleslaw mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Place cabbage in a very large bowl and set aside.
In medium bowl, stir together mayo, sugar and celery seeds.
Add to cabbage mixture and toss to coat.
Cover and chill at least 4 hours.  Serves 8.

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