Shoney’s Announces New COO Michael Wozniak and New Executive Chef Eric Cleveland


New Executive Team Leaders Ready to Help Take America’s Favorite Dinner Table Back to its Glory Days

Nashville, TN  (  Shoney’s is setting its sights on a triumphant return to its Glory Days with the addition of two new all-stars to its Executive Team: Michael Wozniak, Shoney’s new Chief Operating Officer, and Eric Cleveland, Shoney’s new Executive Chef.

Michael Wozniak

Wozniak’s more than 27 years of experience has seen him in integral management positions, including CEO, at companies ranging from start-ups to multi-billion-dollar enterprises across a wide variety of industries. His background includes overseeing domestic and international expansion through franchising and company-owned operations.

Chef Eric Cleveland

With more than 25 years in the foodservice and restaurant industry, Chef Eric Cleveland has demonstrated not only a wealth of culinary expertise, but expertise with sales and training as well. He is an active member of the Research Chefs Association (RCA) and the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

“Shoney’s has earned its place as an American icon through our tradition of top-quality family dining, unmatched service, and incredible value,” said David Davoudpour, Shoney’s Chairman and CEO. “With Michael and Chef Eric, we’re gaining decades of business and culinary expertise that can help bring an even better Shoney’s experience to our ever-growing legion of believers.”

Since acquiring the great American eatery in 2007, Davoudpour has been on a driven and spirited mission to revitalize and reinvigorate Shoney’s, a family-friendly, southern style restaurant brand. Shoney’s was one of the first and, in its heyday, the premiere family casual dining concept in the United States.

Davoudpour is dedicated to getting the famous brand back to its Glory Days through franchising. Shoney’s is now offering franchising opportunities to qualified single and multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit

About Shoney’s

Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company with approximately 150 restaurants in 16 states. Since its humble beginnings in 1947 as a Charleston, West Virginia drive-in restaurant, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter @Shoney’s and YouTube.

Derek Farley
DFPR for Shoney’s