Shoney's Loves Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 3, 2020) – In response to last night’s devastating tornado in its home town, Nashville-based Shoney’s, under the direction of and compliments of its Chairman and CEO Mr. Davoudpour, is showing its support by providing comfort and assistance to first responders and those Nashvillians impacted by the disastrous storm.

Mr. Davoudpour today pledged to personally treat, on behalf of his brand, those working hard to restore Music City and others affected to a complimentary, warm and wholesome meal from the restaurant’s Fresh Food Bar for the next three nights, including tonight (Tuesday, March 3, 2020). The meal is offered from 8 pm – 10 pm at the brand’s downtown location:

Shoney’s Downtown
110 Interstate Drive
Nashville, TN 27206

“Shoney’s is Nashville and Nashville is Shoney’s. When we cry, we all cry together and when we dine, we all dine together,” said Mr. Davoudpour. “Our doors are open to our guests, friends and families who may benefit from a wonderful meal on the house. This is our hometown and we will do our part to heal our great city and encourage other businesses and the kind community to do the same.”

#NashvilleStrong  #NashvilleTornado2020

About Shoney’s

Shoney’s is headquartered in Nashville, operates in 17 states and is now growing through franchising following an extensive revitalization effort. For 73 years, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit www.shoneys.com for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. Shoney’s is offering franchising opportunities to qualified single and multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit http://www.shoneys.com/franchise/. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram and YouTube.

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Kids 4 & Under Eat Free at America’s Dinner Table on this Special Day

Nashville, TN (RestaurantNews.com) Shoney’s, the iconic, All-American restaurant brand, will serve as America’s Dinner Table again this Christmas. At 11:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, Shoney’s, world-renowned for its homestyle goodness at a true value with friendly service, will feature its homestyle, All You Care to Eat, Freshly Prepared Christmas Day Feast, starting at $12.99.

This Christmas Feast will include holiday favorites like crispy chicken, roast beef with mushrooms & gravy, turkey breast, ham with apples, butterfly shrimp, macaroni & cheese, sweet potato casserole, loaded mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, blackberry cobbler and so much more, available for dine-in or from Shoney’s Market Fresh Food Bar To-Go. Prices and participation may vary by location.


David Davoudpour, Shoney’s Chairman and CEO

Shoney’s is pleased, privileged and uniquely qualified to host our annual Christmas Day Feast. It’s always a special family holiday meal and we are committed to providing homestyle goodness, southern hospitality, and value,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO Mr. David Davoudpour. “Shoney’s is the ideal place to share your Christmas Day meal with loved ones. It’s one of our favorite days of the year and we’d love to share it with you. And, as always, we’ll do the dishes so you can head home and enjoy your presents.”

Shoney’s has collected restaurant industry accolades for the entirety of its 72-year history and the world-renowned brand was recently recognized by consumers as one of America’s Favorite Chains in the family-dining category, based on a Restaurant Business poll and was voted one of the best 8 family dining restaurants in the United States in the Consumer Picks Survey via Nation’s Restaurant News.

Shoney’s was recognized for having the best rating for value among all family dining chains and also scored well for its service, menu variety and diners being likely to recommend it. Its category leadership, relevance and impact on family dining was recently captured in a column in Columbia, Tennessee’s newspaper, Columbia Daily Herald.

Since acquiring the great American eatery in 2007, Mr. Davoudpour has been on a driven and spirited mission to reinvigorate and revitalize Shoney’s, a family-friendly, southern-style restaurant brand. Shoney’s is one of the first, and has always been one of the most popular, family casual dining concepts in the United States.

In order to get back to what Mr. Davoudpour confidently calls Shoney’s “Glory Days,” the brand is now growing through franchising, following an extensive revitalization effort. Shoney’s is offering franchising opportunities to qualified single and multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit http://www.shoneys.com/franchise/.

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Shoney’s was one of the best restaurants in my small Tennessee town growing up, and at one time, it was the place to go in Columbia to be seen on a Friday or Saturday night.

As I sat in the Columbia location for Thanksgiving lunch and for Free Hot Fudge Cake Day a week later, I was flooded both times with nostalgic, feel-good memories of the iconic brand.

My father helped open a Shoney’s restaurants in Cookeville, about 70 miles east of Nashville, when I was a little boy. He was part of the breakfast crews who introduced the popular breakfast bar during its heyday.

Late in his life — until he died in 2012 at age 80 — dad would drive to town every morning from his farm outside Sparta and have a breakfast bar at Shoney’s. He drank a cup of coffee and ate lightly from the breakfast bar, and they only charged him $1. The managers, cooks and waitresses always treated him with great respect and admiration for having been and around Shoney’s for 50 years.

Looking back, I’ll never forget how they made my father feel or how excited I was to go to Shoney’s into my college years. Shoney’s briefly opened a franchise in Phoenix when I was working in Arizona in the 1990s, and I would take friends and colleagues to lunch and wax poetically about how highly regarded Shoney’s was down South.

Through the years, Shoney’s lost part of its sizzle as the place to go. Maybe that’s partly because of Cracker Barrel’s emergence as the go-to place for breakfast and country cooking. Maybe it’s because Waffle House’s no-frills locations could whip up bacon, eggs and waffles as fast as their smarmy waitresses could call out the order.

There always were distinct difference to me between Cracker Barrel, Waffle House and Shoney’s. Cracker Barrel was the place to go if you were traveling. Waffle House was the best bet for late at night or on snow days. Shoney’s was a community meeting place where you would your friends and neighbors.

I noticed some Shoney’s locations started to close in the 1990s and 2000s as the brand lost luster. It seemed Denny’s — home of the Grand Slam breakfast — suffered the same fate around the same time.

Luckily for Shoney’s, David Davoudpour bought the company in 2006 and has been on a mission to restore it as the country’s premier family dining destination. His passion has allowed the company to remain at 150 locations in 17 states.

“In the long run, I would like to have 1,000 Shoney’s restaurants,” Davoudpour told The Daily Herald on Friday.

I spoke with Davoudpour after he visited several locations on Free Hot Fudge Cake Day. He originated the concept for the first week in December as a thank you to customers and as a way to say Merry Christmas.

Click Here to Read the full story at The Daily Herold.

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A Metro Nashville Police Officer getting fries from the Fresh Food Buffet.

As a longstanding and iconic American brand for more than 70 years, Shoney’s is proud to stand for American values every day. That’s why we recently put that ethos to work we hosted more than 100 at-risk youth and put them face-to-face and hand-in-hand with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department at its Dinner for Hope – Inspiring Nashville Youth Event.

Following a blue light escort by the MNPD, the boys from Backfield in Motion enjoyed the All You Care to Eat, Freshly Prepared Food Bar at Shoney’s with Nashville’s finest men and women in blue.

“For many of our area’s at-risk youth, their first experience with police and blue lights is watching someone being taken to jail,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO Mr. David Davoudpour. “We wanted to change that and what better way than to provide a blue-light police bus escort to Shoney’s. These young boys are our future and it is in the community’s best interest to teach them that the police are our friends, our neighbors and our protectors. They are not to be feared and we showed them that together we can build safer and stronger communities.”

Read more about this event here.

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Shoney’s Initiative Benefitting the Boy Scouts of America® Learning for Life Navigators Program Has Provided 176 Scholarships Since 2006

 

Nashville, TN   Shoney’s makes a difference in the communities it serves every day. Through its sponsorship of a unique scholarship program benefiting the Boy Scouts of America’s Navigators program, the Shoney’s initiative has awarded $536,000 changing lives through 176 scholarships, including ten to Metro Nashville Public School students recently equaling $46,000, for promising high school students in at-risk communities.

 

The scholarships, administered by the Boy Scouts and sponsored by Shoney’s, is a part of a program for MNPS high school young men and women whose goal is to provide in-school college prep programs culminating with an opportunity to receive a college scholarship.

 

The Navigators program is managed through the AVID class. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.

 

Through the generosity of Shoney’s and its service and vendor partners since 2006, scholarships have been provided to those who have shown an ability to achieve success while overcoming significant personal obstacles and challenges. The Boy Scouts of America’s Navigators Program honors deserving young achievers by giving them the opportunity to learn more about their future career options and aiding them in developing their personal occupational paths.

 

Deadrick Thaxton and Juan Gipson, who represented Shoney’s, was joined by Boy Scout representatives: Larry Brown, Scout Executive; Vance Lackey, Director of Field Service; and Marah Vogt, Exploring Executive.

 

“We are honored to be a partner of AVID. In 2004, Shoney’s and the Boy Scouts formed the Navigators Scholarship program,” said Thaxton. “Our goal was to provide guidance and financial support for AVID students to prepare for their future in college. The first scholarships were given out in 2008, and after today we will have provided 179 students with $536,500 in scholarship funds.”

 

The following recipients received a one year $1,000 scholarship:

  • Lauren Reese
  • Merna Sadek
  • Karoleen Said
  • Marina Abdelnour

Others were awarded a $4,000 scholarship which will be paid over four years:

  • Nitya Bhatt
  • Jordan Scales
  • Nardeen Fayik

Several recipients received the top scholarship of $10,000 payable over four years:

  • Maria Farg
  • Dina Mikaiel
  • Nanch Abdo

“Shoney’s scholarship recipients live by a philosophy of determination,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davidpour. “They inspire others to excel and give us hope and confidence in our future. Shoney’s is very excited to continue our partnership with Boy Scouts of America to make dreams a reality for some very deserving future leaders.”

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Shoney's 5k runners lined up with CEO David Davoudpour.

The Shoney’s 7th annual 5k Family Walk & Run raised $17k for the Nashville Police Department. “Shoney’s is absolutely committed to Nashville and the men and women who keep our city safe,” said Shoney’s CEO David Davoudpour. “We are thrilled to continue sponsoring this premier event that unites families and runners from across the region as we raise money for the Nashville Police Support Fund.” Read more.

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The Shoney's Bear giving a high five to Shoney's CEO and guest.

The chairman and CEO of Nashville-based Shoney’s Companies, David Davoudpour, personally sponsored the “My Future, My Way” Career Fair in Nashville. He was joined by Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Interim Director Chris Henson, Congressman Jim Cooper, Rita McDonald, , Director of Community & Business Engagement with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry at the Nashville’s Music City Center.  More than 6,800 high school freshmen attended the 2015 “My Future, My Way” Career Fair.
The fair was launched in 2009 through a joint partnership by MNPS and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce as part of the Academies of Nashville initiative in Metro’s 12 zoned high schools. This year, 21 public and charter schools participated in the event to help their students learn about career opportunities from more nearly 120 exhibitors and area business representatives.

“I’m happy to continue our participation for the 5th consecutive year in the ‘My Future-My Way Career Exploration Fair,” said Davoudpour. “This event exposes high school freshmen to vocations and professions available in Middle Tennessee for the purpose of helping them choose opportunities of interest to them. This experience should motivate each student to start along a positive and sustainable path, both in school and beyond, to achieve his or her career goals.”

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