About Us


Shoney’s of Knoxville, Inc. is an employee-owned company that operates 18 restaurants in 10 East Tennessee counties, opening the first franchise in 1962. Shoney’s is a family-friendly restaurant famous for the bountiful breakfast, lunch and dinner Fresh Food Bars, along with Shoney’s full-service menu.

Shoney’s has continually served the greater Knoxville community with fresh, delicious food in a welcoming, family-oriented setting. Shoney’s generously contributes to many local community, social, educational and faith-based organizations including schools, youth groups and other family-focused organizations.

Mission Statement:

At Shoney’s of Knoxville Inc., we strive to provide families with an exceptional dining experience that blends southern hospitality with quality, flavorful food. We use the best of local ingredients, preparing them with care in a safe, healthy manner. As an employee-owned company, we pride ourselves on having professional, honorable, and welcoming employees so that when you dine with us, you feel like family. We appreciate our guests and warmly welcome them back into our restaurants to create memories that will last a lifetime. We are your neighbors, your friends and your family!

Shoney’s Teacher of The Month

For the past 6 years Shoney’s Restaurants partners with WIVK 107.7 and Titanic Pigeon Forge to recognize an outstanding Teacher of the Month in the Knoxville area. The program runs from October through April and students and parents are encouraged to nominate their outstanding teacher.

Nominate your favorite teacher for the Shoney’s Teacher of the Month AwardShoney’s Teacher of the Month is brought to you by WIVK, Shoney’s and Titanic Pigeon Forge. Please note in the subject line: “Teacher of the Month”. A winner is chosen each month from the nominations.

Then on a special day arranged with the school, Shoney Bear, your Cowboy “Pal” Gunner and WiVick the Frog from WIVK along with crew members from Titanic Pigeon Forge surprise a teacher in the classroom with fun prizes and a radio interview to be played later that day. Prizes are also provided by Titanic Pigeon Forge.

Shoney’s Super Kid


Local radio station, WOKI NewsTalk 98.7 will partner with participating local Shoney’s Restaurants  for the Shoney’s Super Kid program. The goal is to help potential “at risk” children at selected Knox County Elementary Schools feel “extra special” for one day.

The special day will start after school is dismissed and will include a trendy ride provided by Beaty Chevrolet, a radio interview with popular Disc Jockey, Hallerin Hilton Hill and end with a delicious dinner at Shoney’s after the interview.

Participating Knoxville area Shoney’s Restaurants and it’s Knox County Partner in Education schools will select a winning child to spotlight and reward a deserving student four times each school year.