Shoney’s Celebrates Return to the Show Me State

Shoney's Celebrates Return to the Show Me State

Shoney’s “NEW” Branson, Missouri Restaurant Re-Opens Following 2012 Tornado

Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour didn’t let the weather get him down. When a tornado roared through the Missouri tourist town of Branson along the famous Highway 76 strip in February last year, it took a lot of Shoney’s restaurant with it, but not Davoudpour’s own Show Me spirit. Instead, Davoudpour has brought Shoney’s back to Branson, Missouri, with a new and improved restaurant for the heartland of America.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony and festivities on Wednesday, July 24, he did just that, with the grand re-opening of a “NEW” Shoney’s at 1950 W. State Highway 76 in Branson. “One of Shoney’s core values is the commitment to the local communities that Shoney’s serves, and our intent always was to stay in Branson,” said Davoudpour. “For the past year, with the help of our local general manager whom we have kept on board, we’ve been busy designing and building a brand new restaurant. We now are proud to deliver it to the Branson community with our re-opening, better than ever.”

Shoney’s grand re-opening event on July 24 was a celebration of the family favorite’s return to the Show Me State. Guests mingled with Davoudpour, Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley, took pictures with the restaurants’ famous icon, Shoney Bear®, all while enjoying a FREE slice of Shoney’s signature Hot Fudge Cake.

The iconic All-American restaurant brand brings all-time favorites to the newly designed restaurant, including delicious, freshly-prepared food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus now serving beer and wine. Shoney’s new restaurant also adds over 110 full and part-time jobs to the local economy. The 7,200 square foot restaurant seats 242 guests.

Since acquiring the great American eatery in 2007, Shoney’s top gun has been on a spirited mission to revitalize and reinvigorate Shoney’s family-friendly, southern style restaurant chain, which was one of the first family casual dining concepts in the United States and served as a popular post-WWII family destination when it began serving guests 66 years ago.

“I am committed and dedicated to return Shoney’s to its ‘Glory Days’ and our new Branson restaurant is a testament to our goal,” said Davoudpour. “It’s great to be back in the Show Me State, bringing fresh, quality food at great value, that Missourians want to see.”

Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company with more than 165 restaurants in 16 states. Since its humble beginnings in 1947 as a Charleston, West Virginia drive-in restaurant, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter @Shoney’s and YouTube.