Shoney’s, the family-dining brand that’s been around since 1947, is known for its all-you-can-eat breakfast bar. That invention, which came about in the ‘80’s, has been a cornerstone to the restaurant's success over the past 70-plus years.
At the end of the day, however, Shoney’s is a quintessentially American family-dining chain serving “all-American” food. That includes pies, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and more.
It’s not just about breakfast either; the chain’s expansive menu includes burgers, salads and alcoholic beverages.
The chain recently rolled out new items on the “All You Care to Eat Breakfast Fresh Food Bar,” after consulting with its own research and development teams, its franchisee partners, supplier partners, and customers.
David Davoudpour, Shoney’s CEO and chair, said the new items play on Shoney’s strengths, such as strawberry pie, and offer new versions of the brand’s classics.
“I like sweet in the morning with a cup of coffee,” Davoudpour said in an interview with NRN recently, “but that bacon and cheddar cheese grits — it’s magnificent. It’s a classy Southern dish that you can’t ignore.”
Besides the Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Grits, new breakfast bar items include: Biscuit & Gravy Strata with sausage, spinach and cheese, Blueberry Muffins, Cinnamon rolls with traditional icing, Churro Donuts, Strawberry Trifle that features biscuits layered with whipped topping and sliced berries, Sausage Skillet Hash with eggs, cheese, and vegetables, Egg Frittata Cups in two varieties including bacon-cheddar and red bell pepper-spinach, and Sweet Heat Crispy Chicken Biscuit with Shoney’s Hot Honey sauce.
The new items tap into Shoney’s heritage.
“We’ve been famous for our strawberry pie since 1947,” Davoudpour said, “so we know one or two things about the strawberry pie. We got a strawberry trifle out there, and it's a beauty.”