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RevJATB
Junior Burger
2003/10/01 15:52:08
Whatever happened to Shakey's? Anyone still have one. Back when we only had 4 channels on the TV, no VCR's or GameBoys (or, God forbid, Chuck E. Cheese!) a night out a Shakey's, with the banjo players, the old Three Stooges films, etc., was a big night out. I don't remember much about the pizza itself -- maybe that was their problem.
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/10/01 16:02:42
Here's the address for one in the Phillipines....." />



http://www.asiatravel.com/shakey/
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/10/01 16:11:06
We had a Shakey's Pizza here back in the early 70's. As well as I remember the pizza was good. Unlike the one in the Phillipines, ours only sold pizza. Of course beverages too. It also had one of the old "player piano's" that us kid's really got a kick out of. Now it's become an asian something or other like most of the restaurants popping up around here.
Craig328
Hamburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/10/01 16:30:13
Shakey's were allot of fun. I recall one outside Albany, NY also in the early seventies. Pretty decent hand tossed pizza from what I remember but I was only 12-13 years old at the time. They also served pasta dishes, spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli, etc. They seemed to disappear around '76 the last one I remember seeing was located in Northern NJ. Very reminiscent to today's Ruby Tuesday's in decor with the addition of silent-1940's movies and short features on a real movie screen; Three Stooges, Ritz Brothers, Abbott & Costello. Heavy party atmosphere perfect for families and kids and remember they served soda (pop) by the pitchers! Never had to wait for a refill.
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/10/01 17:20:47
I worked in one in Memphis in about 1968. I remember the pizza as being good (though not as good as Tony's, a contemporaneous chain), and the environment was fun. One of the few restaurants where the pace was fast, but well enough organized that it never seemed frantic.
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/10/01 17:28:06
Their pizza was pretty tasty. Cut with a big knife into rectangles and triangles. Had a unique flavor to the crisp crust. I'd certainly stop in again. There must be one somewhere still in the US.
brianh
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/10/30 01:06:25
Shakey's Pizza
9638 W. National Avenue
West Allis, WI  53227

Used to go here as a kid. Got to watch the pizza makers through a big window in the kitchen. It's been years since my last visit.
Ashley Wilkes
Hamburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 13:42:33
There is still a Shakey's in Warner Robins, Georgia. It has been there around 30 years.

785 N. Houston Rd
Warner Robins, GA 31093

I checked the Shakey's web site and was very suprised to see this is the only Shakey's left in the South. The other remaining Shakey's in the U.S. are in California, Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Washington, and Wisconsin.
RedPatti
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 13:55:33
Shakey's Santa Monica, Los Angeles (several locations -- one on Pico), Van Nuys, CA. FABULOUS. "Bunch A Lunch" with their great fried chicken, mojo potatoes, enchilades, mashed potatoes, spagetti (not the best) and a salad bar and lots of condiments and jello. Still have the pitchers of beer, soda. Love 'em. Sometimes the paper has coupons so Bunch a Lunch is only $5.49. Can't beat it. TV now, no movies. Always a crowd.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 15:41:13
My high school band, football team and cheerleaders always used to go to Shakey's after every home game in '70-73. It was gre3at (I was in the band then) until I got a job working there. After my first Friday evening with all my friends there----and the resulting insanity-----I decided the pizza business was not a long-term (or even a short-term) goal for me. I quit after my second day.
Shakey's is still around SoCal in several locations. I haven't been to one lately, but was told by a franchise owner that the quality really suffered when the last corporate owners took over the chain. Well, at least I still have good memories of Shakey's and Friday nights in La Crescenta!
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 19:29:16
We had a Shakey's in Springfield, MO, when I was a kid. It was a great family event. I remember watching the guys make pizza through the glass, and they would often through flour at us as a joke. It closed in Springfield when I was still young.

In the late 80's, I think it was 1987, I spent a couple of months in Milpitas, CA. There was a Shakey's south of there, and I hadn't eaten at one since Springfield. It was darn good; really crispy crust with a great flavor. I went there a few times during my stay.

Good childhood memories.
Browniebaker
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 20:43:13
There's no Shakey's near me now in MD, VA, or DC. But, oh, what memories this thread brings back! In the early 70s my mom and dad used to take us three kids out for pizza at Shakey's on the weekends. We always got a shrimp pizza and a mushroom pizza. And we loved the Abbot and Costello films. It was a fun night out for us.
Browniebaker
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 20:45:57
Forgot to mention, this Shakey's that we went to was in Nashville, where I grew up. But Shakey's isn't in Tennessee anymore.
CheeseWit
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 21:51:13
I remember the Shakey's in State College, PA when I attended Penn State. Another great place when the munchies set in!
BigGlenn
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 21:55:30
Shakey's here in Southern California are slowly being bought out one by one. They are being turned into different Pizza Joints, some still have the buffets some don't. Last time I went, I was very disappointed. Probably will never go back.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/05 22:31:39
Dearfolk,
There used to be a Shakey's Pizza Parlor on Dickerson Road in Nashville, Tennessee, but it closed sometime like 1986 - I never did manage to get there. Even later than that was the demise of the last one in Metro Atlanta,located on Stewart Avenue, S/W on the way from downtown to the airport for all you non-expressway freaks... it lasted until roughly 1989.
It's comforting to know that one remains open in Warner Robins, Georgia... that's only something like 125 miles from me. While I'm not really up for a trip down there just for that, there are thrift stores in the vicinity that I can patronize synchronously.
Watson Boulevard is a main east-west street, impossible to miss, for any of you who want to head there. It's a straight shot off I-75, about 20 miles below Macon.
Bon appetit!
Crunchily Fixated, Ort. Carlton in the Non-Shakey Ground of Athens, Georgia.
jkreth
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/11/22 11:20:23
Wow, what memories this brings back...

When I was a young lad, we had Shakey's pizza in Japan. I remember going to see Chicago at the Buddakan Hall in Tokyo in the Early 70s. After the concert, we ate there. That was a significant memory, because it was the first time I was allowed to go somewhere that far away without my parents. Of course, I could only go because my older brothers were going, but for one night, I was "all grown up" and independant ( I was all of 11). Ahh, the memories...
St. Louis Browns fan
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2003/12/17 01:41:41
No more Three Stooges movies at Shakey's? It's just another sign of growing anti-intellectualism.
anselmo1
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/02/01 22:40:13
We had a Shakey's Pizzeria on Niagara Falls Blvd in Amherst, NY in the late 1960's. I had two friends that worked there, one as an Assistant Manager and the other as a bartender that poured draft beer pitchers. I use to go there and get free pizza since I knew both of my friends that took care of me. Had to pay for the beer though.

The pizza as I remember it was not bad. It was one of the better pizza places in the late 60's in our area. I found out later that the Manager who was part owner obscounded with the funds from the safe. The place closed down after that incident.
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/02/02 04:21:24
quote:
Originally posted by clothier

quote:
Originally posted by St. Louis Browns fan

No more Three Stooges movies at Shakey's? It's just another sign of growing anti-intellectualism.


When I was a kid, my mom (you remember her, charter member of the food police), wouldn't let me watch "3 stooges". Too violent.


Then how are on earth were you supposed to learn how to block a 2-fingered eye poke?
digger
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/02/02 10:05:50
We still have a Shakey's in Springfield,IL. It bills itself as the nations largest Shakey's (mainly due to banquet/ meeting rooms that can be made available). It no longer has sing-alongs with the banjo player or the long communal tables. Everything is served buffet style(except for phone in/to go orders). Very good selection of pizza, salads, chicken, vegetables Etc.It is very popular with the tour buses.
Shakey's Pizza & Buffet 2441 S. MacArthur Blvd.Springfield,IL.(Town and Country Shopping Center)
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/02/02 10:13:10
quote:
Originally posted by EliseT

quote:
Originally posted by clothier

quote:
Originally posted by St. Louis Browns fan

No more Three Stooges movies at Shakey's? It's just another sign of growing anti-intellectualism.


When I was a kid, my mom (you remember her, charter member of the food police), wouldn't let me watch "3 stooges". Too violent.


Then how are on earth were you supposed to learn how to block a 2-fingered eye poke?
A women that gets the Stooges!!!!!!Does this fiance of yours have ANY IDEA what a lucky son of a gun he is!!!! Only way he could be luckier would be if he was marrying my daughter! Actually,having access to REAL pizza since i grew up on the east coast--it was the stooges that got me into Shakeys!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/02/02 19:39:41
Shakey's was one of the first on the Knoxville scene but they disappeared more than 20 years ago. I do not know why. They were good to me at that time. I do not know how they stack up today.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
emsmom
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/03/24 16:13:25
The thought of Shakeys Pizza takes me back to my teenage and early adult years. Shakeys was the place to go. Now we don't have one anywhere close by. I thought their pizza was some of the best.
berndog
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/03/24 16:46:31
Back in the early 70's, there was a Shakey's near RIT on West Henrietta Road. Used to be quite the hangout on some evenings. Good pizza, cheap beer (as I remember). Too bad they went away.
RedPatti
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/03/24 16:57:11
Bunch 'o Lunch is alive and well in LA. We love 'em and now they even serve tacos and spagetti on their buffet, but the chicken and mojo potatos and PIZZA are the big draw. A little arcade and TV that plays the soaps are all that is left of the Stooges and Banjos. Bummer about the entertainment, but the homeless people in Santa Monica love the place. Love their Wednesday dollar off lunch. You get all you can eat and a drink for under $8.
GigaShadow
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/03/26 15:33:00
I remember going to Shakey's in Kansas City when my dad was stationed out in Ft. Leavenworth back in 1979. I was about 11 at the time and remember the long tables, pitchers of soda and NO PLATES! I thought it was so cool to eat pizza on just a napkin. I am afraid to go back to one now as it seems every restaurant (especially pizza place) has changed so drastically - that I wouldn't like it. Is it me or does every national chain taste pretty much alike now a days?

I remember going to Pizza Hut in 1976 after little league and it was good! I even remember my dad ordering a pitcher of beer of there. Now Pizza Hut is a greasy buffet.
Denthyg35
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/04/06 21:06:40
We had a Shakey's pizza in Lake Charles until at least 1982. I can remember watching them make pizza at the big window. We brought a family friend (from England) and she fell in love with the "brown beer". But as every other restaurant, it's never as good as you remember from child hood (ie, A&W and KFC).
DroKoz
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/04/16 12:10:53
Shakey's hasn't been around in Pensacola since early to mid 80s. I absolutely loved the MOJO potatoes. If anyone knows the recipe/how to make them I would be indebted. Please post the recipe or email me with it!

Thanks, all!
ephus
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/04/29 19:06:51
quote:
Originally posted by jkreth

Wow, what memories this brings back...

When I was a young lad, we had Shakey's pizza in Japan. I remember going to see Chicago at the Buddakan Hall in Tokyo in the Early 70s. After the concert, we ate there. That was a significant memory, because it was the first time I was allowed to go somewhere that far away without my parents. Of course, I could only go because my older brothers were going, but for one night, I was "all grown up" and independant ( I was all of 11). Ahh, the memories...



did you get corn on your pizza? that's the only place i'd heard of shakey's either, but my parents got all excited about it when we moved to japan. turned out it wasn't that good.
6star
Filet Mignon
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/04/29 23:35:55
quote:
Originally posted by DroKoz

Shakey's hasn't been around in Pensacola since early to mid 80s. I absolutely loved the MOJO potatoes. If anyone knows the recipe/how to make them I would be indebted. Please post the recipe or email me with it!

Thanks, all!

Here is the copycat recipe from the web: http://www.recipegoldmine.com/ccS/s11.html
okc_rn
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/05/20 02:15:32
There used to be several Shakey's pizza joints in Oklahoma City back in the 1970's. I too wondered what happened. Ran across an article in the paper dated Jan 6, 1981 which said that the 4 Shakey's pizza places in OKC had been sold to a fellow who worked for the chain for 18 years. Evidently, he decided to drop the Shakey's franchise and go as "Round up pizza."

There is still one location in one of the suburbs of OKC. The wife and I went and were not at all impressed. I still have memories of Shakey's having the BEST pizza anywhere. Whatever Round up is, it is nothing like what Shakey's was.

Wesley H.
okc_rn
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/05/20 03:13:40
There used to be several Shakey's pizza joints in Oklahoma City back in the 1970's. I too wondered what happened. Ran across an article in the paper dated Jan 6, 1981 which said that the 4 Shakey's pizza places in OKC had been sold to a fellow who worked for the chain for 18 years. Evidently, he decided to drop the Shakey's franchise and go as "Round up pizza."

There is still one location in one of the suburbs of OKC. The wife and I went and were not at all impressed. I still have memories of Shakey's having the BEST pizza anywhere. Whatever Round up is, it is nothing like what Shakey's was.

Wesley H.
Route 11
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/06/01 15:47:31
Until Tysons Corner Mall began to expand about 10 years ago, the Shakeys sign and building just sat derelict...I should have bought the sign. Dang!

Another fun chain like Farrells down the drain.
shell
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/06/09 15:26:07
People around here rave about Chucky Cheese's pizzeria, I didn't care for them myself. Alot of price, not much in return. But, boy, do I remember Shakey's! It was our favorite high school hangout after games and such. I don't remember much about their pizza taste but I do remember an oversized organ with a organ mister who played to silent movies shown. They had an arcade too. And you could watch the pizza being made behind a big glass window. We'd order large pitchers of pop and large pizzas for the group.

I think it closed around here about the mid to late 80's, it's a sportsbar now. But I do miss it. Wish my boys had a place like that to go to.
Kent Daniels
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/07/21 22:43:58
I loved the Shakey's birthday club for kids. You got a little pizza and a 3-foot balloon with feet on it, (and of course your parents had to buy another big pizza to go with the little free one). I liked being able to watch the pizza from the benchs under the kitchen window, and the banjo player, and the sing along. It was also the first place I saw the Atari "Pong" game. So I guess I miss the Shakey's experience, although I think the pizza at Pizza Inn (also long gone) was better.
johno
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/07/22 01:22:35
I loved Shakey's pizza. There were a few locations near me growing up in Maryland near DC.

The last one that I knew about was in Landover Hills, apparently family-owned, and operated up until about 1998. When it orignally opened c.1968, it had the movie projectors and the live piano player. As time went on, it apparently survived because of a lunch and dinner buffet (small but enough food choices).

The original family apparently sold it, and "Shakey's" was taken off the street sign, and "Mario's" put in that place. The pizza and the buffet were just about identical. Then they had a fire and the place was permanently closed. The decaying site and bulding with Mario sign still exists.

"Interesting" about that fire!

senor boogie woogie
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/08/02 09:27:43

Hola!

I remember my parents taking me to Shakey's in Memphis, TN in the 1970s and it was wonderful. Entertainment on the weekends, not only a piano but a Dixieland Jazz band. They showed old B&W movies like the stooges and Laurel and Hardy. I played the 70s video games in there, one was a baseball game.

You can see how the pizza is made. My small elementary school even took a field trip there and had lunch.

The last Shakeys I went to was in Las Vegas around 1992. I forgot about the food, but it wasn't too memorable.

Why did Shakey's die out? It seems as though most people on the board enjoyed the food. Seems like Shakeys died when the 70s did.

Senor
citizengeek
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/08/02 14:54:11
Obscure Shakey's documentary- Family Business

As a part of the Middletown Film Series (a late 70s/early 80s National Humanities Council/PBS documentary project continuing sociological studies of Muncie, Indiana), the operations of a Shakey's Pizza were pretty thoroughly recorded.

This Shakey's had sing-alongs with the banjo-playing owner and a 90-year old organist. As someone born during Vietnam, it is hard to believe that anywhere this wholesome ever existed, but I'd probably go there in a heartbeat if it were still open.... Looks like lots of weird fun.
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/08/17 23:11:54
Please see this excellent analysis by a senior editor of Pizza Marketplace, an industry publication:

http://www.pizzamarketplace.com/research_story.htm?article_id=19921&pavilion=136

If you click on the link at the bottom of the article, you will find additional articles on the saga of Shakeys.

The new owner is Jacmar Companies of Los Angeles. I ate at several of the franchises operated by Jacmar in May. The food at all locations was great.

I also ate at a franchise in the Los Angeles area not run by Jacmar, but the food was not as good.

My advice to people who are interested in Shakeys:

1. Go to shakeys.com for a current list of restaurants. If none are near to you, or the one in area is dreadful, then go to the jacmar.com website and get the list of Shakey's Jacmar operates for the next time you go to Southern California.

-David
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/08/18 00:21:52
Citizengeek,

I well remember the documentary, but then I’m a Muncie native. The owner was retired from the military. He seemed like a salt-of-the-earth guy who probably had his life’s saving wrapped up in the place. I was always going to try it on a visit home, but never made it. Too bad.

Phil B.


carlylynn88
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2004/08/18 01:20:35
There is still a Shakeys in Rochester, MN I believe my friend used to work there and I'm pretty sure it is still open.
Fred Ferris
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/02/01 17:02:57
I too grew up with Shakey's in the DC area. There truly was nothing we looked forward to more than ragtime band, player piano and roaring fire place...and the pizza....the best!

I'm sad to report however, that I've been to Shakey's in L.A. (and elsewhere in CA), and the quality has deteriorated beyond belief. Not only did I experience the worst pizza I've ever eaten out, the atmosphere is nothing at all like it was in the 70s (Pizza Hut is more appealing). Depressing.
ZekeTheCat
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/02/01 19:46:22
I remember eating Shakey's pizza back in the late 60's and early 70's mainly in Tulsa Ok, while in college in Arkansas - really good pizza ,later on in Highland Indiana also. Always wondered what happened to them.

In Tulsa there was also a real good pizza joint called Shotgun Sam's Pizza Palace on S. Sheriadan RD. Really yummy pizza ,but alas , they changed owners in early 70's sometime and quality went down the drain and they eventually closed - sad to say.
Saint Matt
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/02/01 21:28:17
In the early 90's, I ate at the original Shakey's in Sacramento. It was awful! It's no surprise that it closed soon after. When I was living in Los Angeles, I tried the Shakey's lunch buffet a few times at the locations in Burbank, Glendale and North Hollywood. It was pretty good, not great. Those Mojo Potatoes are still tasty.

My dad knew Shakey back in the 50's. I'll ask him if he has any memories of the guy.
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/02/12 19:07:06
Saint Matt -

I would be interested to know if your father knew any details about the recipe for Shakey's sauce.

I ate at the original in Sacramento, too, in the mid-to-late 80's. If I remember correctly, I ate at better ones during that time period. I raided the dumpster of another Shakey's in Sacramento during the same trip. I found their cheese came from Beatrice Cheese Co. They had their own private label pizza sauce. The label on the box gave the same list of ingredients as any jar of supermarket pizza sauce, it didn't give the spice formula. I think the sauce was in plastic bags and shipped refrigerated or frozen, rather than being pasteurized in a canner.

After Shakey's kept getting sold, no doubt the suppliers of the raw ingredients changed, too. This may have had a lot to do with the negative comments voiceed in this thread.

I would also like to throw out the possibility that all our plates improved over the years, and we may have been as influenced by the ambience and novelty of the place as young people as by the quality of the food.
Xwordster
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/02/22 14:51:46
I remember having Shakey's pizza as a kid in St. Petersburg, FL and as I recall, their pizza crusts were frozen (!) and the sauce was actually spicy hot and not much cheese. Sadly, one of the worst pizzas I've ever had.
Kell Book
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/03/02 17:19:13
I worked at a Shakey's in the 1970's as a ragtime piano player. It was on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, LA. I thought the food was pretty good at the time--of course, it was free so that helped. We had the silent movies as well, and the sing-alongs. What we also had that was neat was the freebie questions. The banjo player and I would ask trivia questions and reward the correct answerers with little certificates entitling them to one free beer. We would give away about 50 on Friday and Saturday nights. The place was rocking then . . .
jmeller
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/03/03 18:13:41
I remember going to Shakey's in Orland Park, IL and it must have closed sometime in the early or mid 90's because I had been there for my sixteenth birthday in 1992. I'm not quite sure when exactly it closed or why but while traveling to Wisconsin Dells we spotted the famous Shakey's sign off of I-90 and I was so excited. So of course we stopped for lunch on the way home. I only wish it wasn't 2 hours away from home!!! My husband tried to convince me that I shouldn't stop because it just wouldn't be like I remembered. I had to go and guess what?, I wasn't disappointed. Food was just like I remembered and maybe a little better. Many kinds of pizza to choose from including a delicious deep dish garlic. My 18 month old daughter loved it too and I loved the the 53cents that it cost for her to eat a whole plate. And she did eat a whole plate Can't wait to return to Wisconsin Dells because you can bet we'll be stopping again on the way back. If only there was a Shakey's in the Chicagoland area again...
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/03/03 18:51:57
Was the Shakey's in Janesville? That's the only one in the area that I'm aware of; the one in Madison closed down a number of years ago.

Brad
jmeller
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/03/03 18:59:58
Oops-forgot to put the location. Yes it was in Janesville, Wisconsin.
boilermaker
Hamburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/14 15:12:49
quote:
Originally posted by Saint Matt

My dad knew Shakey back in the 50's. I'll ask him if he has any memories of the guy.


My dad talks about a guy he knew in the Air Force they called Shakey. Rumor had it that Shakey went off and started a restaurant. We have wondered if it was the same Shakey.

I remember eating at several Shakey's in the mid-80's and noticed the quality had gone down a couple of notches.
Bill B.
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/14 16:14:27
The last Shakey's in the Kansas City area closed around 1980, I think. By the time it closed, the pizza was not very good. The restaurant was nothing like the Shakey's of the 1960s. As I recall, it was pretty much reduced to a lunch buffet and little else.

Sometime in the middle '60s, Kansas City got a couple of other pizza places called "Fun House." Does anyone know if that was a chain or just a local phenomenon? Fun House was built on the same concept as Shakey's, complete communal tables, follow-the-bouncing-ball music and glassed-in kitchen where you could watch the pizza makers tossing dough.
aharste
Hamburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/14 16:48:45
We went to Shakey's pizza when I was little. I think it was the one in Richfield, MN. I don't even think I liked pizza back then, but I loved going and watching them make pizza through the window, and listening to the player piano, and sitting on the benches at the big tables. That was probably one of the few times I was allowed to drink pop, besides when we went to A&W. It's funny to think what a rare occurrence it was to go out to eat back then.

That Shakey's is now a Mongolian bbq.

It also reminded me of a place called Uncle John's, which was like a Perkins. The mascot was a barber-shop-quartet-looking guy with a handlebar mustache. They used to give little kids cardboard handlebar mustaches to stick under our noses.
CraigieFresh
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/19 15:36:46
I live next door to a Shakey's. They have a marquee and are always posting birthday greetings and advertisements for book fairs. Sometimes late at night I walk over and change around the letters on the marquee to spell out things like "Stinky poop doggie" and "Bad eat here Davey".
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/20 08:38:14
The last Shakey's I ate at was in 1967 in Chattanooga, TN. At that time pizza was unique around Tennessee. I enjoyed it then and I have not seen another since then. I was not aware that they are still in existence.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
PaulBPool
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/20 09:29:03
Hey Craig, changing letters eh? The best "letter changing" I ever saw was back about 20 yrs ago here on Long Island. We had a local hamburger chain called "April's". They had maybe 4 locations, the food was always so-so. One year they started selling breakfast items - an egg mcmuffin knockoff, pancakes, etc. So, they put out one of those portable signs, yellow with moveable black letters, which said:
"April's Breakfast - It's Incredible!"
Took the local kids about ten minutes to remove the "c" and "r", which changed it to:
"April's Breakfast - It's Inedible!"
CraigieFresh
Junior Burger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/20 14:48:10
Ha! I love it! I'm pretty hungry today. Have you or anyone else ever been to an "all-u-can-eat" Pizza buffet? There was one at Penn State called Hi-Way Pizza. They would continuosly put out different varieties of delicious pizzas...thin, thick, various toppings...even had a dessert pizza!

I'm probably going to have chinese for lunch today, though.
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/20 18:02:14
Craigie, Where is the Shakey's in your neighborhood? I'd like to taste their pizza one more time.
ZekeTheCat
Cheeseburger
RE: Shakey's Pizza 2005/07/20 18:47:32
Shakey's is still in business but only in a few states - I think they've changed owners so many times that that there is little left of the original Shakey's of 30 years ago except for the name !

http://www.shakeys.com/

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