US-based casual dining restaurant Shoney’s has committed to eliminate plastic straws across its company-owned stores by 2020.

The restaurant chain is planning to introduce paper straws as a replacement to plastic straws following the phase out.

Shoney’s chairman and CEO David Davoudpour said: “America has spoken and Shoney’s always listens and for the sake of the environment and our communities, we are taking action.

“Our objective is to introduce FDA-compliant eco-product straws with paper and plant materials which are 100% compostable.”

“We are in the people business and have spent decades doing the right things in our neighbourhoods as well as our restaurants and are committed to being at the forefront of this change.

“Our objective is to introduce FDA-compliant eco-product straws with paper and plant materials which are 100% compostable.”

The restaurant chain will work with its suppliers to support the phase out of plastic straws in its stores.

Davoudpour added: “When Shoney’s first opened 70 years ago in Charleston, West Virginia, the paper straw was the only straw. But it had its shortcomings and was phased out in the early seventies. But today is a new day, where longevity and sustainability usurp convenience. Shoney’s is here for the long haul and getting it right is always at the top of our priority list.”

The casual dining chain is also planning to expand its presence through franchising following an extensive revitalisation effort.

Shoney’s currently operates restaurants in 17 states across the US, offering a casual dining experience as well as catering services to customers.