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Re:Shakey's 2010/02/08 09:38:30 (permalink)
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The 1st home delivery Pizza was started by Little Ceasers in 1959 by Mike Illitch, owner of Little Ceasers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.


What does that statement have to do with Shakey's?
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Re:Shakey's 2010/02/08 09:46:17 (permalink)
It refers to a little side discussion here in entries 6-9 on page 1.
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Re:Shakey's 2010/02/08 16:33:26 (permalink)
We had a Shakey's Pizza at our old mall in Hampton, Va. way back in the 70's and early 80's. All remember about the place, was that they played The R Gang on a projection screen and they gave you balloons that had little cardboard feet on them. I recall that I did like the pizza, but I was a kid, and  I don't think there was a pizza I didn't like back then.


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Re:Shakey's 2010/04/14 20:18:43 (permalink)
They are all over Tokyo - I just can't bring myself to give up a meal for Shakey's when I am visiting.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/02/16 11:09:38 (permalink)
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There was a Shakey's on Rockville Pike that I'd go to as a youth.  They had a window with a bench in front of the kitchen where the kids would press their noses watching them roll out the dough, taking in the smells.  I was too young to know whether the pizza was good or bad, but I have a lasting impression of long tables and benches, tons of people, a player piano, pitchers of root beer and lots of thin crust slices.
Any of you DC suburbanites remember a competitor to Shakey's in Wheaton called The Trolley Car?  Lots of soccer and football parties held there...

And the Pizza Oven chain? - rectangular pizza, sweet sauce...


I SO remember that Shakey's on Rockville Pike! We used to go there and my younger brothers and I would have fun watching them make the pizza dough. And the family-style seating. Wow! It was a real treat to go to Shakey's.
 
I also remember the Trolley Car. We didn't go there as often. The Pizza Oven strikes a chord, but I may not have been a frequenter.
 
Do you remember Stained Glass Pizza, on Layhill Road in Glenmont?
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Re:Shakey's 2011/02/16 13:21:50 (permalink)
Used to be a Shakey's in Oshkosh, WI.  spent many a night there as a kid when my parents would visit their families and we'd all go out for pizza.  My cousins and I would watch the kitchen workers toss the crusts in the air. The player piano was always the highlight of the trip for me.  Don't remember how their pizza was, but knowing my parents it had to be crisp, thin crust and most likely tavern-cut. 
 
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Re:Shakey's 2011/02/16 14:43:32 (permalink)
They serve fun at Shakey's, also pizza................
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Re:Shakey's 2011/02/16 16:09:17 (permalink)
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Used to be a Shakey's in Oshkosh, WI.  spent many a night there as a kid when my parents would visit their families and we'd all go out for pizza. 

 
It later became an independent pizza buffet place; I can't remember for sure but the name might've been something like "Fox Valley Pizza".  It was on the east side of 41 and visible from the highway but I think it closed a number of years ago.
 
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Re:Shakey's 2011/02/17 15:00:20 (permalink)
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There was a Shakey's on Rockville Pike that I'd go to as a youth.  They had a window with a bench in front of the kitchen where the kids would press their noses watching them roll out the dough, taking in the smells.  I was too young to know whether the pizza was good or bad, but I have a lasting impression of long tables and benches, tons of people, a player piano, pitchers of root beer and lots of thin crust slices.
Any of you DC suburbanites remember a competitor to Shakey's in Wheaton called The Trolley Car?  Lots of soccer and football parties held there...

And the Pizza Oven chain? - rectangular pizza, sweet sauce...


I SO remember that Shakey's on Rockville Pike! We used to go there and my younger brothers and I would have fun watching them make the pizza dough. And the family-style seating. Wow! It was a real treat to go to Shakey's.

I also remember the Trolley Car. We didn't go there as often. The Pizza Oven strikes a chord, but I may not have been a frequenter.

Do you remember Stained Glass Pizza, on Layhill Road in Glenmont?
I was at the Stained Glass Pub last June and it hadn't changed since my previous visit almost 20 years before that.  Had a great footlong chili dog, and the pizza was as good as ever.
 
They opened a 2nd location in Elkridge, MD so I guess they're going global.  
 
http://stainedglasspub.net/

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Re:Shakey's 2011/02/17 19:45:04 (permalink)
The last Shakeys in Wisconsin( Located in West Allis-a suburb of Milwaukee) closed on June 30, 2008.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/03/02 10:18:47 (permalink)
I grew up in the Hyattsville/Mount Rainier/Brentwood area in Maryland. I remember Bodanski's pizza, square, not round (like a poor man's Ledo pizza). I went to the Shakey's Pizza in Wheaton(?) from time to time. But my ALL TIME favorite place to eat was Ray's Ranch House in Hyattsville, 3118 Hamilton Street, to be exact. The best cheeseburgers I have ever had, the Ranchburger! Hand formed hamburger patties cooked on an indoor grill, barbeque sauce on each side, with cheddar cheese, and served on a sesame seed bun. Hot looking waitresses in tight jeans. Their best-seller was the Honcho; a burger with ham, turkey, lettuce and cheddar cheese. HUGE! And for dessert, humongous trays of apple crisp, made on the premises. Ray ( who was missing an index finger on one hand) sold the joint to a foreign family, who switched meat vendors (to save $$, I assume), and basically ran it the to the ground. It went belly up soon after. So sad. Anyone else remember it? We are talking about over 25 years ago. God, I'm getting old.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/03/04 21:18:13 (permalink)
Welcome to Roadfood Eadarr!
 
Fond memories of the Shakey's in Dallas for my family and I.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/05/22 15:10:31 (permalink)
they have 2 here in western washington, near seattle. We had one here in chehalis all the time I was growing up but it went oob, so it was a real treat to go there and pig out on pizza and jo's.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/05/22 17:54:30 (permalink)
Never heard of Shakey's...and I did some research. What's left of the chain is all in California. And to my Italian, East Coast eye it looks like typical chain pizza....was it any better than Piuzza Crud and such?....sad to hear the comments here about comparing current pizzas  to a chain pie!!! Was it the pizza, the atmosphere, or lack of real Italian pizza to compare it to???? I'm truly curious.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/01 04:58:47 (permalink)
yumyumfoodrecipes.com

 

I love shakeys pizza and then pizzahut.. Pizza is yummy there!


Pizza??????
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/05 02:57:20 (permalink)
Pizza delivery began in the Roman Empire around 100 A.D.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/05 08:29:41 (permalink)
To my surprise, they still exist: http://www.shakeys.com/
 
Back in the mid-1960's they were a "destination".  Their model was flawed by the fact that they had large, freestanding brick buildings that would seat 200 or and were full if "kitch" which included an animatronic barbershop quartet guy seated at a player piano that never quit.
 
Even if your food costs are only 15% and you serve beer to boot, that's a lot of overhead to cover. 
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/05 12:14:42 (permalink)
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To my surprise, they still exist: http://www.shakeys.com/

Back in the mid-1960's they were a "destination".  Their model was flawed by the fact that they had large, freestanding brick buildings that would seat 200 or and were full if "kitch" which included an animatronic barbershop quartet guy seated at a player piano that never quit.

Even if your food costs are only 15% and you serve beer to boot, that's a lot of overhead to cover. 


Wait, that sounds like Chuck E Cheese, a kid party and pizza place!!!!
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/06 07:47:20 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim

To my surprise, they still exist: http://www.shakeys.com/

Back in the mid-1960's they were a "destination".  Their model was flawed by the fact that they had large, freestanding brick buildings that would seat 200 or and were full if "kitch" which included an animatronic barbershop quartet guy seated at a player piano that never quit.

Even if your food costs are only 15% and you serve beer to boot, that's a lot of overhead to cover. 


Wait, that sounds like Chuck E Cheese, a kid party and pizza place!!!!


Pretty much.  Chuck E Cheese took the concept over the top - almost as if Shakey's had exploded! 
 
My younger two were still in the Chuck E demo when it first opened.  They LOVED the place.  I thought that they should have had a Valium dispenser at the door for adults!
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/06 08:16:35 (permalink)
Sad to think pure campy atmosphere could sell bad pizza to adults...oh wait isn't a similar,friendly,nice atmosphere the gimmick behind many fast food places!!
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/06 11:46:36 (permalink)
We still have Shakeys.  It's the perfect place to take a bunch of noisy birthday celebrating kids who don't know any better.
 
You won't suffer embarrassment from the connoisseurs who would never step foot in such a place.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/06 19:26:29 (permalink)
 
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First Shakey's I ever had was I think in Mass or NH in 1969. They had that thin crust crunchy pizza.
I have missed seeing them around. Seem to be now in Ca. mostly. Its been many years since I was there. The original franchisers sold the chain to overseas people and it virtually disappeared.
I need my crispy pizza, the kind that does not bend! I just don't consider soggy saggy pizza to be real pizza pie.


mar52

We still have Shakeys.  It's the perfect place to take a bunch of noisy birthday celebrating kids who don't know any better.

You won't suffer embarrassment from the connoisseurs who would never step foot in such a place.


I noticed on the web that Shakey's still is quite active in Cali.  So, is it still as gregys remembers?
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/14 12:11:39 (permalink)
My recent experience with Shakey's is that if you eat at one of the corporate-owned locations or one owned by a conscientious franchisee, the pizza is good there. The pies are not cheap; they appear to be using the same quality of ingredients as better independent pizzerias. However, some of the items in their buffet offerings are still on the low-quality side.
 
Part of Shakey's allure is still the "campy atmosphere" as Lee put it. You can get a pretty good idea of the atmosphere is the remodeled places from the microsite for the Rancho Cucamonga restaurant. (This one-off seems to be a demo of a multimedia campaign.) This link will take you to the slideshow:
http://rancho.shakeys.com/PhotoAlbum.aspx
The video section has a lot of videos, but they are encoded at 1628 kbps and take a long time to load. I think the videos were "stocked"; Latinos now make up a large percentage of their clientele.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/14 13:01:18 (permalink)
I was corresponding with someone who grew up in the same town I did during the 50's and 60's. That would be Tulare, Ca a small farming, dairy community of about 12-15k at that time. He said that he thought Shakey's invented pizza when he was young because the only pizza in the area was in a neighboring town at Shakey's
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Re:Shakey's 2011/06/23 11:35:10 (permalink)
I have been to 2 Shakey's restaurants in the past 2 years: 1 in California and 1 in Hawaii.  Prior to that, I had not had a Shakey's pizza for 30 years.  The one in California was a slight remodel of the original Shakey's restaurants, but instead of benches they had actual tables.  The pizza was excellent and instantly transported me back to my childhood.  The one in Hawaii was one of the brand new family/sports bar type of Shakey's motifs (franchise owner).  It was okay, but the pizza did not taste quite as good as the one in Cali.  So yes, each location can be different both in terms of quality of food and architecture.  I wish we had one in the heart of the Midwest that I could go to, even if only once a great while.
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Re:Shakey's 2011/08/04 17:30:51 (permalink)
lhsouthern

they have 2 here in western washington, near seattle. We had one here in chehalis all the time I was growing up but it went oob, so it was a real treat to go there and pig out on pizza and jo's.

 
sadly, we're down to 1 shakey's left in western washington... the location at 4 corners in maple valley has closed.
 
the one in fairwood is still open though :)
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Re:Shakey's 2013/08/13 02:08:28 (permalink)
This thread inspired me to visit the Shakey's in Warner Robins GA:
 
http://bit.ly/13wAnpX
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Re:Shakey's 2013/08/29 03:17:51 (permalink)
Well, heck, Warner Robins, you weren't meant to up and change on me like this!
 
http://www.macon.com/2013...-in-warner-robins.html
 
Looks like after 40 years, the owner does not wish to be a Shakey's anymore.  It's closing Saturday night and reopening the following day as Jimbo's, promising the same food and the same experience, just not branded as Shakey's Pizza anymore.
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