Shoney’s is a privately held restaurant chain headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Operating primarily in the Southern United States, Shoney\'s also has restaurants in the Midwestern and Lower Mid-Atlantic states of the United States. Founder Alex Schoenbaum became a licensee of Big Boy Restaurants (originally known as Parkette) in 1952. Two years later the name was changed to Shoney\'s, and aggressive subfranchising followed. Thirty years later, having outgrown its Big Boy territory, Shoney\'s dropped the Big Boy affiliation.