After nearly 20 years in business, Shoney’s Restaurant in Grayson closed its doors for good on Sunday afternoon.
There was no public announcement of the decision to cease operations at the family-style restaurant.
Trucks loaded with foodstuffs and equipment were seen leaving the property later in the day.
Efforts to reach Manager Steven Wright were unsuccessful. He is a West Virginia resident.
The Grayson Shoney’s was among 16 locations apparently franchised to a company called Shorest, LLC, based in Charleston, W. Va., the city where Shoney’s was founded in 1947.
No one was available for comment at the Shorest, LLC, offices or at Shoney’s corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.
Pat Collier of the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday that reports of the business closing were circulating earlier last week.
She said the Chamber, which used Shoney’s frequently as a site of luncheon meetings, would shift its business to Melini’s on South Carol Malone Boulevard.
That apparently is the same choice of the Grayson Rotary Club which normally convened at noon at Shoney’s on Mondays.
After learning Monday morning that Shoney’s had closed, the Rotarians moved this week’s meeting to the Isaacs Performing Arts Center at the old Hitchins school property, now the home of Carter Christian Academy.
Closing of the Grayson Shoney’s came seven months after the Morehead Shoney’s went out of business. Both were franchised to separate companies.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Shorest, LLC, still listed Grayson on its website among the 16 Shoney’s operated by the firm in three states. Ten are listed in West Virginia and four in Alabama.
Grayson and Pikeville were the two Kentucky locations on the list.
The property at 610 C.W. Stevens Boulevard which housed the Grayson Shoney’s is owned by a real estate leasing company in Orlando, Fla., according to records in the Carter County PVA’s office.
The Journal-Times was unable to determine the number of persons losing their jobs when the Grayson Shoney’s closed its doors.
In 1998, Shoney’s claimed to have more than 1,300 restaurants in 34 states. Today, Shoney’s has fewer than 300 stores in 18 states and the company now is privately held.