Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Scott Steiner Shows His Love For Shoney's; Opening New Store

The new Acworth location may look like this "next generation" Shoney's 
Shoney's to reopen in Acworth. 

Nashville-based Shoney's will do something rare: a "new" Shoney's will be built on Highway 92 in Acworth.  The new Shoney's will replace a former Shoney's that had been on the same property but closed years ago and was demolished earlier this year.  

The new Shoney's is being opened by Scott Carl Rechsteiner, better known by his professional wrestling stage name: Scott Steiner.  He and his older brother Rick wrestled alongside one another in World Championship Wrestling (WCW).  The brothers created a video in advance of the restaurant's opening showing them begin to demolish the dated Shoney's they are replacing.  It's unclear from the video whether Rick is involved in the business, or just participated in the promotional clip.  Also unclear is whether either Steiner brother has restaurant experience outside of their "love" for the Shoney's brand.  

Shoney's corporate was unable/unwilling to provide an estimated opening timetable but a representative of Talbot Construction, who is building the restaurant, indicated it should be open by the end of the year.  

Shoney's, which as a brand dates from 1947, and as a stand alone restaurant from 1954, was purchased by David Davoudpour and his Atlanta-based Royal Hospitality Group in 2007.  Under its new ownership, the chain, which had previously shuttered dozens of locations around the south, continued to shrink. According to online information, the chain had about 300 locations at the time of the sale and today has about 150. Shoney's has a dozen locations in Georgia including a "Shoney's Too" at Sugarloaf Mills in Duluth that opened in 2013, replacing a Chili's Too.

Do you think Scott Steiner will find success with Shoney's return to Acworth?  Where else should/could Shoney's find success in returning to/opening in Georgia?  What has become of your neighborhood Shoney's?

Please share your thoughts below.  

14 comments:

jeff a. taylor said...

Even though it is between a newish Hardee's and a Waffle House, that Shoney's should do bang up biz across from that huge sporting goods store.

Ham said...

I remember when Shoney’s had the breakfast bar and all the drunks would stop by after leaving the various local drinking establishments. “hey we’re outa bacon over here…”.

Crystal Horne said...

Scott Steiner is going to put all the other restaurants out of business! People will be LINED up out the door the dine at his Shoney's!!!
Good luck!!!

Terri Harof said...

Scott Steiner and his team are going to do great in that location. The new restaurant design is beautiful and features flat screen TV's, contemporary furnishings and fixtures, beverage bar that serves fresh squeezed juices, wine, beer and cocktails. The food is really good too. From the enhanced buffet bar to a nice selection of menu items including salads, salmon, sliders and amazing burgers, there truly is something for everyone. The Acworth location will be opening in November, so definitely plan on stopping by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night!

Anonymous said...

Hope it'll have a nice breakfast buffet and will be family friendly. From description sounds more like a bar than a family restaurant.

Anonymous said...

Well, I think we found their first OSHA violation.

HOA Management Atlanta said...

Go Big Boy! And go Steiner Brothers. I love Shoney's!
Just need Arnie and Olie for the grand opening.
And, go Etowah Eagles.
Is Rich Flair going to have the one in Fayetteville?

WestIndies said...

My daughter use to be a waitress there for years,and my grandson knows Rick steiner son,and my youngest daughter has a picture with Rick Steiner in allatoona elementary school. Can't wait to eat there.many memories there,oh and we had baby showers there,it seems like every female that worked there was pregnant. Good luck GUYS.

Unknown said...

when will it open

Anonymous said...

"Will be open in November."

Here we are in January...

Anonymous said...

The wife and I were looking for the nearest Shoney's to visit on our upcoming 44th anniversary. We met 49 years ago at the Old location on the 4 lane ( Cobb pky south ) across from SAMs. She walked out.... long blonde hair, a pink sleeveless shell top, white short shorts, and go-go boots. I have been in love every since. Needless to say she looked great in my 57 Chevy, 350 HP 327, Pontiac 4 speed, leather rol n pleate interior with bucket seats and console topped off with jade fire mist metallic paint and American mags. The drive in service location was Cobbs answer to the Varsity. Boy what memories......looking forward to the new Shoney's opening....won't be the same but we will go there. I thank Shoney's for enabling me to meet my wonderful wife.. Note: I sold the 57 ten years later...and wish I still had her.. Dave in Kennesaw.

Unknown said...

It'll do well.

William Oller said...

me and my family ate there last night and the food was great the atmosphere was great I definitely Give It 2 Thumbs Up and a big high-five to Scott Steiner way to go champ

Terri Harof said...

We are glad that you and your family had a great experience at Shoney's and we hope to see you back real soon!