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.




Pumpkin Bread

The Machine Shed Restaurant Recipe

2 cups eggs, beaten
1 cup water
2 cups salad oil
1 1/2 pounds canned pumpkin 
2 1/2 pounds sugar
2 pounds flour
1/2 ounces baking soda
1/4 ounce cinnamon
1/4 ounce nutmeg
1/8 ounces salt

Mix the eggs, water, oil, and pumpkin in mixer. Mix in the remaining ingredients and mix for 4 minutes. Pour into greased pan or muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour for pan or 35 minutes if you are preparing them as muffins.

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