Our Story

Proudly Serving All-American
 Food For Over 70 Years

Shoney’s is Today’s All-American Kitchen.
We’ve grown a lot since our first location opened doors in 1947. Today, Americans can find Shoney’s restaurants in 17 states. Our warm, welcoming environment keeps generations coming back for another serving.

Our Core Values
Our History
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Our Core Values

Generations have come to know Shoney’s as an American favorite for family dining. That’s because our guests can count on us for quality, delicious food and warm friendly service, every visit. This consistency to high standards is only possible through a culture of core values instilled in our people. Fresh Food. Family First. Community Focused. It’s as simple as that. We not only believe in these, we live them.

Freshly Prepared

At Shoney’s, we value fresh quality over fast and fancy. It’s why our food is always so delicious and a great value to our guests.

Family First

We’ve always been a family dining establishment. A place where guests come first. Here you’ll find warm, friendly Southern hospitality, with a twist, to delight and bring smiles each visit.

Community Focused

Shoney’s is a great spot for neighbors to meet & connect. We also believe in serving our communities. That’s why we actively support local programs providing scholarships, career guidance, support for local police and much more.

Our History

Starting from humble beginnings.

1947: A Franchise is Born

In 1947, the first Shoney’s drive-in restaurant was opened in Charleston, West Virginia. Five years later, the name was changed to Big Boy Restaurants – only to be renamed three years later to what is now known as Shoney’s.

1977: A New Era

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.

2007: New Leadership

Shoney’s received an advantageous boost, as leading entrepreneur, David Davoudpour purchased the company, instilling new energy, passion and purpose. Mr. Davoudpour demonstrated his deep commitment to bringing this American icon back to its glory days by making Shoney’s the model of excellence. He began with a new vision, focusing on three key principles: simplicity, innovation, and giving back to communities. This became Mr. Davoudpour’s primary mission for Shoney’s.

Now: A Fresh Direction

Under the direction of Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour, we continue to pride ourselves on delicious tasting food, great value and great service. All delivered with warm, Southern hospitality, with a twist. We’re revitalizing many of our locations with an exciting new direction and a renewed focus on fresh, never-frozen, All-American food, family and community. Come see us soon!

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