Start a Shoney's Franchise

Start a Shoney’s Franchise

An American icon that makes an impact

Shoney’s has shaped America for over 70 years – and now we’re better than ever!

Shoney’s restaurants change over time, updating and refreshing a popular family brand with a great new menu and loads of old favorites. We have a new look and a fully stocked bar with wine, beer and cocktails in selected locations. We are growing rapidly and expanding in the US and internationally.

If you’re interested in learning more about an exciting franchise opportunity that has great potential for your continued success, scroll down and contact us today!

Why Shoney?

When you open a Shoney’s or Shoney’s On The Go you’re sharing our reputation as a popular restaurant for diners of all ages and with decades of experience to assist you.

The advantages include, in particular, the awareness of an American legacy brand, tested and proven processes and support, purchasing power and sales chains of an established system, cooperative marketing, research, development and the introduction of new products, experienced training staff and continuing training opportunities at Shoney’s University.


In more than 70 years, Shoney’s franchisees have accomplished a lot and done themselves and their families very well along the way – opening restaurants, creating jobs, keeping guests happy and giving back to their communities. You have created legacies and inspired more entrepreneurs like yourself to provide financial independence to people across generations.


Shoney’s has been tested and proven over decades of success and has a recognizable presence and brand that will add to its expansion. Individual restaurant locations (new buildings or conversions of existing properties) are available to ambitious entrepreneurs in the USA, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond.


Shoney’s is being revitalized, redesigned and ready to become a global restaurant. The new Shoney’s offer more than ever. We have a great new menu and an updated buffet bar with healthy and delicious selections.

The decor has been completely redesigned and we serve beer, wine and mixed drinks in selected locations. Join us on our way to America’s most popular restaurant and know that we are committed to the support and success of our franchise partners.


We pride ourselves on serving the communities we serve and working with organizations including the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Navigators Program, the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Habitat for Humanity, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the National Restaurant Education Foundation and others.

I started with a restaurant and have very little experience in the industry. Help is always just a phone call away. I now own three Shoney’s who are doing well, and I owe much of my success to the training and help I received from Shoney’s. You don’t need years of restaurant experience to be successful with Shoney’s. – Dan Holt | Shoney’s franchisee since 2011

Shoney’s Franchising Requirements

Shoney’s restaurants offer the opportunity for tremendous growth in various local and international markets.

Our success will come from securing passionate and trusted franchise developers who always deliver a superior dining experience.

Our goal is to select franchisees who have the right mix of expertise and enthusiasm and who have the following characteristics:

  • Solid business experience
  • Multi-unit management
  • Proven expertise in retail (food and beverages an advantage)
  • Previous franchise experience is an advantage

Become our next success story

Our franchisees are a big part of what made Shoney a great American icon. We’re growing fast and if you’re looking for a proven franchise with global opportunities we’d love to have you on board.

Your franchise success story begins today.

Join now to bring Shoney’s to your market by submitting the short inquiry form!

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