five stars
proudly serving

all american food for the last 70 years

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Current:
Shoney's today
an american classic
2017:
An american classic
Now:
Fresh Direction
Under the direction of Shoney's Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour, we continue to pride ourselves on great food, great service and great value. After 70 years in the game, we like to think we are pretty good at what we do. From a single drive-in in West Virginia to sit-down locations in 16 states, Shoney's has grown to become one of the nation's top casual dining destinations.
early expansion
A new era - Shoneyized
1977:
A new era
1977:
A new era - Shoneyized
30 years after kicking off as a Big Boy franchise, Shoney's dropped the affiliation, swapping its iconic Big Boy mascot for our very own Shoney Bear. As Shoney's, the family-friendly restaurant expanded steadily, rolling out scores of new locations.
humble beginnings
humble beginnings
1947:
A franchise is born
1947:
A franchise is born
In 1947 Alex “Shoney” Schoenbaum opened a drive-in restaurant next to his father's bowling alley in Charleston, West Virginia. Five years later, Shoenbaum became a Big Boy Restaurants franchisee. In 1954, a contest to rename Shoenbaum's five restaurants produced the name Shoney's.
our leadership
David Davoudpour
David Davoudpour
CEO
Kamran Habeeb
President
Catherine Hite
Catherine Hite
EVP
Steve Neuroth
Steve Neuroth
CFO
Steve Sanders
Steve Sanders
SVP Franchise Operations
Terri Harof
Terri Harof
Franchise Development
Eric Cleveland
Eric Cleveland
Chef

David Davoudpour

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Over the past 30 years, David Davoudpour has led a series of exceptional business ventures, including creating and operating a number of successful restaurant concepts throughout the United States. His achievements have been recognized by numerous industry awards. His expertise in the food service and hospitality industry, combined with his experience in the roles of both franchisee and franchisor, provide him with a comprehensive understanding of the special connection between franchisee and franchisor and a respect for each role in a franchise system. Mr. Davoudpour had long admired the Shoney's brand prior to acquiring it and remains committed and excited to lead its resurgence as one of America's true iconic restaurant concepts. His mission is guided by three principles: innovation, simplicity and community involvement. He is extremely proud to actively contribute to the improvement of the communities where he does business. Mr. Davoudpour serves as a Board member for several non-profit organizations focused on education and community revitalization.

Kamran Habeeb

President

Kamran Habeeb began his food service career over 31 years ago as a management trainee with Church's Chicken. In 1999, he became President of a Church's Chicken franchise operating 111 restaurants in Arizona, Northern and Southern California and Texas. Kamran brings to Shoney's a strong foundation for managing the people, processes and companies within a franchise system.

Catherine Hite

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Catherine's been lead legal counsel in bringing to life CEO David Davoudpour's 2007 promise to bring the Shoney's brand back to its glory days, keeping the brand's hometown feel while bringing it into the digital and global age. Her activities include franchise law, commercial contracts, M&A, commercial real estate, employment law, compliance, intellectual property, marketing, ecommerce, risk management, insurance, and business operations. She is licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Catherine received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law.

Steve Neuroth

Chief Financial Officer

Steve Neuroth brings over a decade of experience serving in financial leadership roles within the restaurant industry. He spent the first part of his career working in investment management where his experience included mergers and acquisitions within the restaurant industry. Steve earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Steve Sanders

SVP of Franchise Operations

Steve has a natural talent for restaurant operations and personnel management, honed by nearly 50 years of Shoney's® restaurant and franchise operations experience. Steve started his career with Shoney's as a cook at his hometown Shoney's® in 1966, and he advanced to hold the positions of Restaurant General Manager, Area Supervisor, Division Director, Franchise Business Consultant, and Vice President of Company Restaurant Operations. Steve has an unparalleled depth of knowledge developed from his Shoney's® restaurant operations experience. As Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations, Steve and his team of Franchise Business Consultants are responsible for the execution of Shoney's® franchise system operations.

Terri Harof

Director of Franchise Development

Terri Harof has 25 years of sales and marketing experience building global brands and businesses. As Director of Franchise Development, her responsibilities include managing the franchise sales process domestically and internationally. Ms. Harof is dedicated to providing unwavering support to franchise partners throughout the recruiting and franchise awarding process and continuing with assistance in site selections, construction, training, grand opening and ongoing operations.

Eric Cleveland

Executive Chef

Eric delivers over 25 years of experience in the foodservice and restaurant industry. Chef Cleveland's wealth of culinary expertise, sales and training proficiency ranges from casual and family dining, to food service vendors. Eric is an active member of the RCA, ICCA and ACF and continues to gain culinary knowledge through continuing education classes with the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and Napa Valley. He and his family reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

Making Moves

After 70 years serving families hot, fresh food, Davoudpour is excited to reinvigorate the brand for a new generation of diners. Shoney's Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour is leading the classic American brand in a modern direction, starting fresh.

Shoney's Franchise Legacy

Shoney's Executive Chef, Eric Cleveland, has a long history with our iconic, American food. As a kid, Cleveland's family would always make a point to stop for a bite on road trips. Still today, Cleveland is proud to be part of Shoney's legacy.

Shoney's Better Than Ever

For seven decades, Shoney's has served families fresh food. From hand-cut steak to our legendary hot food bars, we have earned our spot as a leading fast-casual dining destination. When will we see you next? Let's eat!

Shoney's Sugarloaf Mills Grand Opening

Since 1947, families have been able to count on Shoney's for a meal as American as the flag's stars and stripes. When our Sugarloaf Mills location opened, you can bet Shoney's Chairman & CEO David Davoudpour was there to cut the ribbon. Let's eat!

Making Moves

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Shoney's Franchise Legacy

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Shoney's Better Than Ever

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Shoney's Sugarloaf Mills Grand Opening

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Fresh
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At Shoney's, we value fresh over fancy.
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Family
first
Sit down with the whole family for good food and laughter.
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community
focused
Shoney's is a great spot to meet, connect and strengthen our communities.
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Bright Futures
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"Working at Shoney's offers competitive benefits, superb team culture, and a challenging environment."

- Rachael SMITH, General Manager

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David Davoudpour

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Over the past 30 years, David Davoudpour has led a series of exceptional business ventures, including creating and operating a number of successful restaurant concepts throughout the United States. His achievements have been recognized by numerous industry awards. His expertise in the food service and hospitality industry, combined with his experience in the roles of both franchisee and franchisor, provide him with a comprehensive understanding of the special connection between franchisee and franchisor and a respect for each role in a franchise system. Mr. Davoudpour had long admired the Shoney's brand prior to acquiring it and remains committed and excited to lead its resurgence as one of America's true iconic restaurant concepts. His mission is guided by three principles: innovation, simplicity and community involvement. He is extremely proud to actively contribute to the improvement of the communities where he does business. Mr. Davoudpour serves as a Board member for several non-profit organizations focused on education and community revitalization.

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Kamran Habeeb

President

Kamran Habeeb began his food service career over 31 years ago as a management trainee with Church's Chicken. In 1999, he became President of a Church's Chicken franchise operating 111 restaurants in Arizona, Northern and Southern California and Texas. Kamran brings to Shoney's a strong foundation for managing the people, processes and companies within a franchise system.

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Catherine Hite

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Catherine's been lead legal counsel in bringing to life CEO David Davoudpour's 2007 promise to bring the Shoney's brand back to its glory days, keeping the brand's hometown feel while bringing it into the digital and global age. Her activities include franchise law, commercial contracts, M&A, commercial real estate, employment law, compliance, intellectual property, marketing, ecommerce, risk management, insurance, and business operations. She is licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Catherine received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law.

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Steve Neuroth

Chief Financial Officer

Steve Neuroth brings over a decade of experience serving in financial leadership roles within the restaurant industry. He spent the first part of his career working in investment management where his experience included mergers and acquisitions within the restaurant industry. Steve earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Steve Sanders

SVP of Franchise Operations

Steve has a natural talent for restaurant operations and personnel management, honed by nearly 50 years of Shoney's® restaurant and franchise operations experience. Steve started his career with Shoney's as a cook at his hometown Shoney's® in 1966, and he advanced to hold the positions of Restaurant General Manager, Area Supervisor, Division Director, Franchise Business Consultant, and Vice President of Company Restaurant Operations. Steve has an unparalleled depth of knowledge developed from his Shoney's® restaurant operations experience. As Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations, Steve and his team of Franchise Business Consultants are responsible for the execution of Shoney's® franchise system operations.

close

Terri Harof

Director of Franchise Development

Terri Harof has 25 years of sales and marketing experience building global brands and businesses. As Director of Franchise Development, her responsibilities include managing the franchise sales process domestically and internationally. Ms. Harof is dedicated to providing unwavering support to franchise partners throughout the recruiting and franchise awarding process and continuing with assistance in site selections, construction, training, grand opening and ongoing operations.

close

Eric Cleveland

Executive Chef

Eric delivers over 25 years of experience in the foodservice and restaurant industry. Chef Cleveland's wealth of culinary expertise, sales and training proficiency ranges from casual and family dining, to food service vendors. Eric is an active member of the RCA, ICCA and ACF and continues to gain culinary knowledge through continuing education classes with the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and Napa Valley. He and his family reside in Nashville, Tennessee.