Update: This post has been updated to reflect an earlier opening date.
The newly renovated Shoney's at 407 Thompson Lane, near the corner of Nolensville Road, opens to the public Sunday, July 12 at 11 a.m., after a series of private and media events.
The company-owned location, damaged by fire a year ago, has been fully rebuilt to reflect the company's prototype design, which will be extended to Shoney's stores built going forward. The company plans to build one more store this year and two stores next year, with possible additional franchised stores next year also.
Visible changes include the sand-blasted exterior taken back to the natural brick, the addition of gooseneck lighting on the facade and exterior shutters "to reflect the warmth of a Southern restaurant."
"Because this restaurant is representative of our latest and greatest vision for the future, it will have a different menu," says Hannibal Myers, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Shoney's. "With the fall menu in play, this location will serve as a place where our guests can taste the newest menu innovations form Shoney's." Classic menu items will be included, he adds. Expect a roster of cast-iron skillet meals, such as slow-cooked pot roast, lemon chicken with mushrooms and wild rice, and artichoke with pulled crab meat. More than 90 percent of the menu remains below $10.
Saturday, July 11 from 4 to 10 p.m. the store will host a public event with net proceeds from dinner benefiting the PENCIL Foundation.