Originally posted by garryd451
Denny's or Shoney's. Which is your choice?
My choice used to be Shoney's, but something happened and shoney's isn't as good as they used to be, they wer much better 15 to 20 years ago!!
Yesterday, on a whim, I stopped for lunch at the Shoney's on Lexington Rd. in Athens, GA. I admit, I had not been to a Shoney's in quite some time; nevertheless, I was taken aback by this one.
It was really run down place, not very clean looking. It screamed out--This Is A Franchise In Decline! A sad former shadow of the Shoney's I knew growing up, especially our favorite hangout--the Shoney's at the Eastwood Mall, in Birmingham, AL. But I guess that was forty years ago and it seems to me this Shoney's, at least, was not keeping up with the times.
The biggest shock was the Big Boy was no longer on the menu! That two patty cheeseburger with the Thousand Island-like dressing that was Shoney's (and Frisch's) signature sandwich long before McDonald's ripped off the concept with the Big Mac.
When did that go off their menu?
So I ordered a hambuger. The menu said mayonaise would come on the side-a concession, I assumed, to others like me who don't approve of mayonaise on hamburgers. But, you guessed it, the mayo was slathered all over the bun.
And the french fries were pathetic coated crunchy, mealy things that bore no resemblence to the admittedly frozen, but passable fries Shoney's used to serve in the old days.
Ok, I know it's not 1966 anyomre, and even the Eastwood Mall Shoney's has long been abandoned (and I presume will be demolished next month along with the Mall itself) but has the Shoney's franchise really declined as much as my visit yesterday indicated???