By Betsy Thorpe
Chris Lambos who has eaten at Shoney’s for as long as he can remember recently said “I remember the drive-in option as a toddler in 1969…the introduction of the salad bar in 1975 or 76…the breakfast bar in late-’81 or early-’82…and considering all the changes over the years, this restaurant chain still retains it’s ‘come-as-you-are’ environment that’s been part of their success from Day 1”
Shoney’s To Celebrate 50 Year Anniversary
In 1959 A chartered plane carrying Buddy Holly, Rictchie Valens and The Big Bopper crashed in an Iowa corn field, Alaska was proclaimed the 49th state by President Eisenhower, The iconic Barbie Doll made her first appearance, NASA introduced John H. Glenn Jr, and Alan Shepard Jr among America’s first astronauts, “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway, Bonanza, the first weekly television series broadcast in color premiered, Mack The Knife was a top radio song, The Corvette was the favored race car and Shoney’s Restaurants made its local debut in Madison Tennessee.
On Saturday, October 17, Shoney’s will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in Middle Tennessee. To thank the Bellevue and West Nashville community for 50 great years Shoney’s signature Hot Fudge Cake and seasonal Apple Crisp will be offered for 50 cents all day at the Shoney’s Restaurant on Highway 70 South. The Bellevue Shoney’s opened 12 years ago and it’s opening crew included servers Carrie Climer and Teresa Cline. Both women still serve at the restaurant and have more than 70’s years of combined Shoney’s experience.
Saturday’s anniversary special will be offered at all participating locations including the Shoney’s on West Nashville’s White Bridge Road.