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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Does This Guy Look Familiar?

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A few weeks ago we stopped at a small museum on the Kanawha Blvd. in Charleston

Does this guy look familiar?


He sits high atop this tower which holds a tiny museum.



You can't go inside, you just walk around it and look at the displays inside the windows. This plaque tells of Shoney's founder, Alex Schoenbaum.


Here is inside one of the windows. I like the prices.



My husband remembers one time when they had the 'Big Boy' at the restaurant/bowling alley on the West Side down for repairs. Some boys from his high school "kidnapped him" on Halloween night.  As a prank, they brought it to Sissonville High School and put it on the roof of the school where the main entrance was. The next day the principal spoke over the PA system and demanded "Who did this?" No one spoke up. They had the custodian take it down and return it to Shoney's. My husband still laughs when he recalls this memory.

I have memories of going there and the waitresses coming out to your car to get your order. They brought it back and attached the tray of food to your window. I didn't know you could go inside until one time a date took me inside to sit down and eat. Silly me, I didn't get out much, I only thought it was a 'drive in.'

Anyone have any memories of going to Shoney's or some other drive in and having them come to your car for your order?

17 comments:

  1. Oh yes I remember and I love Shoney's.. wish it was like that again..

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  2. There used to be one in the "traffic circle" area of my hometown. I'd always hated onions as a kid, but once I tasted their onion-rings, at about age 18, I was hooked!

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  3. We had Big Boy restaurants in Missouri too. Cheeseburgers, fries, and chocolate milk shakes, yum.
    Donna

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  4. Ah, Big Boy. In part of the country it was Shoneys, other parts Azars, and still others Frisches. Remember them all. Tasty!

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  5. Neat post! I do remember Shoneys restaurants! There is also a very special place in Norfolk Va (where my hubby is from) called Doumars. It is a bar-b-que place but is an old-style drive-in restaurant. Mr. Doumar introduced his ice cream cone machine at the World's Fair in Pa. and the Smithsonian documented that his was the very first ice cream cones introduced to the the U.S. His son, now an elderly man, still sometimes makes the cones on the original machine. I will have to find my old pictures and post this some time! It's still open and is a fun place to eat!

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  6. We actually have a hamburger/ice cream shop here in the next town. You can eat inside or out in your car and the waitresses not only come outside for your order, they are on roller-skates too! It's a fun place :)

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  7. I'm glad you took a photo of the bronze so I could read about the name because I was confused when you mentioned Shoney's. Around here we had Frisch's Big Boys and we also had Shoney's. There is still one Shoney's open over the river in Henderson, KY. I remember going to the Frisch's when I was in college and first came to Evansville. Ate at Shoney's a lot in the 80's and enjoyed their salad bar and their breakfast bar. I ate inside at both of these, but I remember a drive-in diner in Indianapolis when I was a teenager where we got the curb service and everyone hung out there. Can't remember its name, but don't think if was a Big Boy.

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  8. Ha! My brother and his friends "borrowed" a cow from the top of a Sirloin Stockade and put it on the roof of the high school for their senior prank. But I remember Big Boy well. We used to eat there often when I was a kid.

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  9. I don't remember the drive-in part, but I do remember the Shoney's Big Boy statue!
    They stole(barrowed) it and put it on top of the high school??? FUNNY!!! That was the days of good ole oneryness and not the meaness of today.

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  10. Oh my goodness glory girl. Does this ever bring back some little girl memories.

    I used to spend my summers with my Grandmother in Albuquerque NM and my Aunt was a car hop for Big Boys!

    What a great pic!

    God bless and have a spectacular day sweetie!!!

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  11. Frisch's Big Boy was the standard date stop as a teenager. Here we have Shoney's, but they're no longer Big Boy franchises.

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  12. Hi Janet! We had Bob's Big Boy where I grew up in California. I loved it and have so many wonderful memories. Their cheeseburgers were the best! The cheese they used was delicious and they had a red, ketchup pickle relish! Yum! Don't get me started on the hot fudge cake. It was the best hot fudge sauce ever. I enjoyed every meal I ever had at that restaurant and miss it very much. Have a lovely evening ahead! Delisa :)

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  13. I noticed that Big Boy Museum about 2 weeks ago when we drove by it at night. I thought about driving back in the day to try to get a picture of it! lol Great minds think alike! hehehe I remember going there when it was a drive in when I was a little kid or I think that is where we went. That is funny about the prank!

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  14. Shoney's is our first stop when my husband and I travel south to Florida. I love their breakfast buffet.
    in St. Louis we had Steak 'N' Shake with curb service and also White Castle back in the 50s & early 60s.

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  15. Yep I remember him too. We still have Shoney's-but they don't seem as good as they used to be when I was a kid.

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  16. Not only do I remember that Shoney's by the Boulevard Recreation Center (bowling alley), I remember Alex Schoenbaum himself. He used to come over the bowling alley and watch my high school team bowl.

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