Shoney's co-founder Danner dies at 83

NASHVILLE Tenn. Raymond L. Danner Sr., who was known for helping build the Shoney's family-dining chain, died here on Saturday, according to local media reports. He was 83.

Once a family-dining icon, Shoney's is a nickname for the late foodservice entrepreneur Alex Schoenbaum, who launched the first Shoney's Big Boy in 1953. He eventually teamed with Danner, a franchisee who had been developing the brand aggressively in Tennessee.

The chain, which e

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