Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour always sees a bright future for Shoney’s. He calls it a return to “Glory Days.” On January 16, at Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the rest of the world will get a glimpse of his vision for the future.
The All-American iconic brand will celebrate the grand opening of its first-of-a-kind prototype, featuring traditional favorites like cooked-to-order entrees and seasonal buffets; in addition, the restaurant will offer full liquor service as well as Shoney’s On The Go – quick service dining option providing fresh, high quality Shoney’s favorites within minutes.
“This has as much historic implication as the very first Shoney’s in 1947,” said Davoudpour. “The stories you hear about Shoney’s aren’t myths. This brand was the premier family casual dining concept in the world. This opening represents another step towards returning Shoney’s to its glory days.”
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony and festivities at 4pm local time, he will unveil the new prototype, with the grand opening of the newest Shoney’s at Sugarloaf Mills Mall, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Shoney’s grand opening event will be a celebration of the family favorite’s first iteration at an inside-the-mall property. Guests can meet Davoudpour, take pictures with the restaurants’ famous icon, Shoney Bear, all while enjoying a Free slice of Shoney’s signature Hot Fudge Cake, limit one per guest, while supplies last. Pro wrestling icon Scott “Big Poppa Pump” Steiner and former NBA All-Star Ralph Sampson will also be at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Since acquiring Shoney’s in December 2006, Davoudpour has been on a driven and spirited mission to revitalize and reinvigorate Shoney’s family-friendly, southern style restaurants, which was one of the premier family casual dining concepts in the United States.
“Every day at Shoney’s folks can enjoy our fresh quality food at a great value with friendly service. Those are brand staples which will never disappear,” added Davoudpour. “But there’s more. We have developed a Shoney’s with more choices that appeal to everyone. We are very excited to bring the Shoney’s brand with some new never-before-seen features, all under one roof, to Sugarloaf Mills.”
Shoney’s new restaurant also will add over 70 full and part-time jobs to the local economy. The 3500 square foot restaurant will seat 107 guests.