I not only knew the original owner, he retained portion of the ownership till the late 80's and later.
The original owner was 100% combined owner - Doug Jones who with builder Ramon King were primary owners for years.. Till the late 70's... when Tom Winslow & wife Gay Winslow became minority owners.
The chain was big for its time and very successfull till the mid 80's.
By then many competitive pizza places sprung up and Shotgun sams was still in old format and could not really compete even with better pizza.
I should know I worked there from 1973 to 1979 and again from 1981 to 1985.
Tom later tried to take the success and retranslate the business into fancier eating but failed per doing wrong location.
THe sheridan pizza place was the wrong side of town to have a fancy restaurant.
If he had done the 51st street location it would have succeeded.
The mistake here was Tom & Wife nearly made the chain go under per this effort.
If they had done only 51st and grew it...they would now have two chains.
The effort though successfull was eventually sold because Ramon Kings decendents who still owned most of the business land in the area, raised the rent so hight that most either left or fought back...
The failure had nothting to do with change in ownership as the original owner was still primary owner when the pizza there started to slide into oblivion due to competition.
The pizza here along with Mazzio's is litterally the only pizza I like.
I cannot stand greasy pizza and thats what most of the other choices are like.
Crystals & Mypie (iN Tulsa) were the only other choices that were worth it.
The best thing about Shotgun Sams was the pizza/spagetti/beer, and music.
I did a little bit of everything while there and left soley due to graduation from college (with 1st degree).
Change of ownership was not the case till Tom&Gay shutdown the biz in total.
Doug Jones did reduce his interest, but didnt eliminate it till the mid 80's.
The logo of shotgun sams was also somewhat based on him, and not on any cartoon or college logo (as many have stated)... I asked him personally and he proved it then.
If its otherwise known differently, it contradicts what the business creator proved.