Shoney’s, the iconic, all-American restaurant brand, reopened its restaurant in Nashville on Donelson Pike after it underwent an extensive interior and exterior remodel. The new restaurant design will serve as the prototype for all newly constructed and remodeled Shoney’s locations nationwide. The debut of this Shoney’s prototype reflects CEO and Chairman David Davoudpour’s commitment to reinvigorate and revitalize the 70-year-old brand to remain relevant to today’s evolving American dining landscape.
Shoney’s new look begins with a transformative exterior that pays homage to the brand’s rich heritage with classic Shoney’s elements. The exterior design features natural wood and stone siding, elongated black awnings and a prominent, red backlit Shoney’s logo. Inside, guests are welcomed by natural wood flooring, community tables lit by modern light fixtures and a full-service beverage bar highlighted by red subway tile. The design culminates into a fresh, modern feel that will excite new and loyal guests alike.
“We are so proud to unveil Shoney’s new look to the community,” says Davoudpour. “We’ve worked extremely hard to find the right balance between preserving Shoney’s history, while incorporating a design that appeals to the modern-day diner. Now that our hometown of Nashville has seen the new look, we’re excited to implement the design in our other restaurants around the country.”
Instead of a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening, Davoudpour hosted a unique community event on May 25. Shoney’s invited 80 boys from Backfield in Motion, a Nashville nonprofit organization that combines academics and athletics to inspire inner city boys to reach their maximum potential, and the Nashville Police Department to share a free meal together.
“The grand opening event at Shoney’s was a fantastic way for our police department to have a fun night with the young gentlemen of Nashville where we were able to get to know one another on a more personal level,” says Steve Anderson, chief of police for The Nashville Metro Police Department. “These type of activities are important steps in bridging the gap between the police and the community, and helps us all realize we are more alike than we are different.”
Davoudpour is a strong supporter of police enforcement and community revitalization. He co-founded the Shoney’s Family 5K Fun Run, which raised over $15,000 for the Nashville Police Support Fund during this year’s run in May, and initiated a similar program benefitting the Metro Atlanta Police Fund. His vision for Shoney’s grand opening event was to provide a safe and fun environment for the Nashville police and the city’s youth to forge better relationships.
In addition to the Donelson remodel, Shoney’s forecasts additional remodels by the end of the year. The company also recently signed three franchise deals set to bring a newly remodeled restaurant to Hopkinsville, Ky. and new restaurants to Henryetta, Okla. and Fultondale, Ala. by the end of the year.
Shoney’s is in the midst of franchise expansion with single and multi-unit franchise opportunities available in its core Southeast region, throughout the U.S. and in select international markets, under the new restaurant design.