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.




Old Fashioned Pot Roast

The Machine Shed Restaurant Recipe

2 1/2 to 3 lbs boneless beef chuck roast
2 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 cup beef broth 
1 large onion, quartered
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Trim the fat from the roast. In a 4 to 6 quart Dutch oven, brown roast on all sides in oil. Drain off fat and add onion into pan. Stir together broth and Worcestershire sauce then pour over roast. Bring to a boil. Cover and bake in the oven for 2 to 3 hours, until meat is very tender.  Remove from oven and let cool.

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