Widow of Shoney's Restaurants Founder Has Died

Aug 2, 2018

The widow of the Shoney’s Restaurants founder has died. Betty Schoenbaum was 100.

Schoenbaum and her late husband, Shoney's founder Alex Schoenbaum, were longtime philanthropists in West Virginia, Sarasota, Florida and Columbus, Ohio, where she met him on her first day of classes at Ohio State University.

Betty Schoenbaum
Credit Ohio State University

Alex Schoenbaum died in 1996 at age 81. His Parkette drive-in restaurant in Charleston became the very first Shoney's in 1947.

Today, there are more than 100 Shoney’s restaurants in the United States.

Services are scheduled in West Virginia for Betty Schoenbaum.

Her funeral is set for Friday at B'nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston, followed by a burial at the B'nai Jacob Eternal Home in South Charleston.

Rabbi Victor Urecki of the synagogue where Schoenbaum was a longtime congregant says she died Tuesday in her hometown of Sarasota.