Hot!Shakey's

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gregys
Cheeseburger
2009/12/08 11:54:46
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.
EatingTheRoad
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 12:30:47
I'd suggest a Totino's then...it's just as good as Shakey's.
gregys
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 13:00:39
I think eating at a pizza restaurant that has a real wood pizza oven has to have crisp
pizza. I remember one place in Frederick Md. that brought the pizza out on stone
platters, is one way to keep it warm and fresh. Totinos, I have been seeing the adds. i think I have already eaten some. Does not taste anything like a real good pizza. The dough is funny. Pizza dough is supposed to taste like pizza dough.

I have been saying there are three things a good pizza should be.

1. Crisp( I think you have to precook the dough only)
2. Enough sauce so everything starts to fall off when held sideways.
3. Stringy, as in  mozzarella

In any case must not bend more than 15 degrees when held with one hand.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 13:21:23
gregys

I
I have been saying there are three things a good pizza should be.

1. Crisp( I think you have to precook the dough only)
2. Enough sauce so everything starts to fall off when held sideways.
3. Stringy, as in  mozzarella

In any case must not bend more than 15 degrees when held with one hand.


I grew up eating apizza in New Haven, so I disagree with each of the three things you numbered and with your idea of how much bend there should be.
Scorereader
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 14:55:40
ok, MH, I'm with you here 100%.

#2, I found most offending: "Everything...falls off" ???
how much stuff is on it? eeks!

gregys
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 15:24:23
Its not how much stuff. Mainly how much pizza sauce. I should have said, starts to slide off.
I got a little carried away, although I swear I have had it happen where most slides off.
Soggy pizza is soggy. its got to have a snap when you bite into it. otherwise its just soggy
dough. Call it what you want, but don't call it pizza pie.

I was saying in another thread, I went to a barber shop about 6-7 years ago. He started talking about pizza, and how his mother started making it when it hardly existed. ( Not like Jim Fox of Fox's Pizza saying he started the take out business). He also said, you know one of the best ingredients to put in pizza is eggplant. I guess all good old Italian people know that. It turns out a year later i go to a nice pizza restaurant in NY, and get eggplant as one of the ingredients. It was good.
My local pizzaria  has broccoli I don't like it on pizza.but cauliflower would be much better similar to eggplant.

The next time I see Jim Fox I want to ask him a couple questions about things.

Oh yes, a pizza is not pizza without onions !!
Why do they charge so much for onions ??
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 15:32:47
gregys

Its not how much stuff. Mainly how much pizza sauce. I should have said, starts to slide off.
I got a little carried away, although I swear I have had it happen where most slides off.
Soggy pizza is soggy. its got to have a snap when you bite into it. otherwise its just soggy
dough. Call it what you want, but don't call it pizza pie.

I was saying in another thread, I went to a barber shop about 6-7 years ago. He started talking about pizza, and how his mother started making it when it hardly existed. ( Not like Jim Fox of Fox's Pizza saying he started the take out business). He also said, you know one of the best ingredients to put in pizza is eggplant. I guess all good old Italian people know that. It turns out a year later i go to a nice pizza restaurant in NY, and get eggplant as one of the ingredients. It was good.
My local pizzaria  has broccoli I don't like it on pizza.but cauliflower would be much better similar to eggplant.

The next time I see Jim Fox I want to ask him a couple questions about things.

Oh yes, a pizza is not pizza without onions !!
Why do they charge so much for onions ??



You certainly seem to have some very strange ideas about apizza.
gregys
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 15:34:21
i said Jim Fox inverted take out pizza, but I meant pizza home delivery, at least
here in Pittsburgh when he only one shop. I guess that was in 1971.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 15:38:15
gregys

i said Jim Fox inverted take out pizza, but I meant pizza home delivery, at least
here in Pittsburgh when he only one shop. I guess that was in 1971.


If it was 1971 then he didn't invent it, as I had it delivered in 1965 in Charleston, West Virginia.
gregys
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 15:41:36
I guess my strange views on pizza are in part by sampling one of the finest, Capo's pizza
of Ashtabula or Geneva on the lake Ohio. He made it good, but the current family owners,
and as most pizza shops are, are not consistent. By the slice its at least twice as big as
is most common, and they cook it part way, and only do the final heat before they hand it to you.
it does not sit around for any length of time. If you don't watch out, you will get burned.

Scorereader
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 17:10:41
gregys, you have me lost. I'm not even sure what you're talking about.

lay off the sauce, man. And I ain't talkin 'bout the pizza sauce.

just kidding. But, seriously though, I don't know what you're talking about.
boyardee65
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 17:27:36
 I used to go to a Shaky's pizza parlor in Manhattan, KS. when I was a kid.
 They had very crispy crust as I remember. They also had a video player that was similar to a jukebox. You could get three plays for a dollar or one play for 50 cents.
  My babysitter used to take us there with her boyfriend. They would order a pitcher of beer for them and a pitcher of soda for us. Good Times!!

David O.
catosaurus
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 17:37:09
When I was middle-school aged, in the 1960s in southern California, I used to visit a local Shakey's a couple of blocks from my home and bother the workers there in the afternoon when I got out of school.  There were never any customers at that hour, and I'd watch them rolling out the dough and breathe in the heavenly scent combination of yeast dough rising, sauce simmering, and beer dripping from the taps. 

The pizza served at Shakey's in that era was pretty darned good.  By the 1970s/80s, the quality had descended into a sad shadow of its former self.  That was when Shakey's was mostly known for their all-you-can-eat lunch and their appalling mojo potatoes.
dasl_4
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/08 22:39:55
catosaurus 

Shakey's was mostly known for their all-you-can-eat lunch and their appalling mojo potatoes.

mmmmmm  good times ;~)
californyguy
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 00:08:49
The first Shakeys was here just outside of downtown Sacraemento...after that a place called Sweetwater fun barfood type place opened there and did well, but then they moved downtown and now are not doing well,,,food is such a tricky business , it takes real skill and dedication to hang around for generations as many roadfood places do 
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 00:36:05
Gregys:
You might enjoy reading this 7-page thread about Shakey's started a few years ago:
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=39043
buttrdish
Hamburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 01:28:46
Funny!, Just, last week, went to a Shakey's here in Washington state, it was either in Covington or Kent, reminded me of when I was a kid, not the best pizza I have ever had but certainly crunchy...
They had GREAT old school video games, it was a fun nostalgic evening.
EatingTheRoad
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 08:14:17
californyguyfood is such a tricky business , it takes real skill and dedication to hang around for generations as many roadfood places do


There's also an aspect of growing beyond what I'll call the "care factor" point. I believe in economics it's something like the point of diminishing returns. If you have a husband and wife team that put all their love and time into a restaurant the food, quality and overall experience a diner has should be 100x better than if that same couple expanded their operation to 10 or 15 stores. The longevity of the restaurant would then correlate to that.

You see it all the time with places like Stouffer's, Winky's, Burger Chef, Red Barn, Carroll's, Gino's, Wetson's, Biff Burger, even places that are still around but mere shadows of their former selves like Bob's Big Boys, Kenny Rogers' Roasters, Orange Julius, Arthur Treacher's, Stuckey's, HoJo's, and Shakey's.

There's a point of expansion where the quality and care just can't be replicated. I'm sure it varies from place to place on depending on the proprietor but I'd say anything beyond 5 stores and the "love" starts to go out of it....and it begins to feel more like a chain. Of course it would have to be that way though in order to maintain quality and customer service, you would have to implement exacting standards and guidelines...and in the end "dumbing down" procedures and possibly recipes, etc.

It's unfortunate because we have such fond memories of these places and want them to be what they once were but they won't....and that's why they go by the wayside eventually...or change into something entirely different.
collinf
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 08:59:10
catosaurus
The pizza served at Shakey's in that era was pretty darned good.  By the 1970s/80s, the quality had descended into a sad shadow of its former self. 


I agree 100%.  I used to love Shakey's up until about the mid-1970's, and then even as a kid I noticed the beginning of a downturn that drove the company down from over 300 locations to less than 60.  If I could find a pizza from Shakey's like they made back in the 60's, I pay good $$ and savor it.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 09:09:10
Back in 1965 The new program director at the Connecticut radio station where I was news director came from Phoenix, and he raved constanly about Shakey's. I finally took him to Frank Pepe's for an apizza and he swore he'd never go near Shakey's again.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 09:43:46
gregys

i said Jim Fox inverted take out pizza, but I meant pizza home delivery, at least
here in Pittsburgh when he only one shop. I guess that was in 1971.


Pretty interesting since I worked through high school and college delivering pizza in small Illinois town in 1963. We made a good crisp thin crust, no one ever heard of anything else. As for Shakey's, they were the only pizza place in the small Iowa town I went to college in in 1965.
gregys
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 10:04:47
The thing I remember about Shakey's, is thinking, wow they are saving money on dough, and
still making a good product. Maybe the dough does not cost that much. There must be a method to make it thin and crisp and that's not necessarily burning it to death. After the chain got sold to the Philipinos
the American stores fell through. The current owners of the American stores are American I think.

A little off subject, but another thing. Most all the best tasting pizza's are made in the old fashioned ovens. I don't like the current trend. Pizzas need to be cooked just right, not in so many seconds.
Each needs to be monitored and taken out at the right time. Fixed time is no good.
The bottom of the oven baked pizza is different and usually has some black which
makes it taste just right.

boyardee65
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 19:15:43
  I am a big fan of the old Blodgett pizza ovens. I have used them in a few restaurants that I have worked in. I am not very happy with conveyor ovens as the time is preset and every pizza is different requiring a different firing time. Wood fired stone ovens are the best IMHO. Perfect crust and well cooked on top.

David O.
rokelemaster
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 19:43:16
I agree with the praise of the Blodgett ovens. It took more work to keep track of the pizzas, but the results was worth it. The pizzas just seemd right!
UncleVic
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/09 20:48:36
And I thought I was the only fan of Blodgett ovens...  They do produce a quality pie!
gregys
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/10 16:09:02
Blodgett oven


Also got to save money being greener, more efficient.


fug
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2009/12/13 08:29:15
catosaurus

When I was middle-school aged, in the 1960s in southern California, I used to visit a local Shakey's a couple of blocks from my home and bother the workers there in the afternoon when I got out of school.  There were never any customers at that hour, and I'd watch them rolling out the dough and breathe in the heavenly scent combination of yeast dough rising, sauce simmering, and beer dripping from the taps. 

The pizza served at Shakey's in that era was pretty darned good.  By the 1970s/80s, the quality had descended into a sad shadow of its former self.  That was when Shakey's was mostly known for their all-you-can-eat lunch and their appalling mojo potatoes.



Catosaurus,

I have the same remembrance  here in Maryland in the late 60s.  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.  The place eventually turned into a Hooters.  The last Shakey's left in these parts that I know of closed a few years ago.  It was in Gaithersburg and served a pizza/wings buffet.  It wasn't the same but it was OK and my children enjoyed it until it closed.

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...
lechmo
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2010/01/09 02:10:36
Worked at Calumet City, IL Shakeys in 1974-75. Dated the owners daughter so it was easy getting hired. :) The Fralichs' were a great family and will always be in my heart.  They opened up a few more stores later( Highland &  Merriville IN, and Orland Park,IL)  Had some of the best times at work with the old crew--Brad, Fark, Sabin and others.  Bunch-o-Lunch in the afternoon was busy.  Come nighttime the place was packed. And yes, they had the Banjo player who got that place going.  The little kids loved standing in the windows all night, watching us prepare the food
zydecocruiser
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2010/01/31 23:43:41
I still love Shakey's and have been known to spend more on cab fare than a Shakey's Special cost anytime I get close to one. Glad that they are still hanging on.
CheeseburgerChet
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2010/02/06 09:09:46
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.
collinf
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2010/02/08 09:38:30
CheeseburgerChet

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?
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2010/02/08 09:46:17
It refers to a little side discussion here in entries 6-9 on page 1.
Raiders757
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2010/02/08 16:33:26
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.


BelRose
Hamburger
Re:Shakey's 2010/04/14 20:18:43
They are all over Tokyo - I just can't bring myself to give up a meal for Shakey's when I am visiting.
jlh43449
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2011/02/16 11:09:38
fug
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?
ALLGOOD
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2011/02/16 13:21:50
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. 
 
fishtaco
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2011/02/16 14:43:32
They serve fun at Shakey's, also pizza................
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Shakey's 2011/02/16 16:09:17
ALLGOOD

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.
 
Brad
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2011/02/17 15:00:20
jlh43449

fug
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/

ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2011/02/17 19:45:04
The last Shakeys in Wisconsin( Located in West Allis-a suburb of Milwaukee) closed on June 30, 2008.
radarradar
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2011/03/02 10:18:47
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.
PapaJoe8
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2011/03/04 21:18:13
Welcome to Roadfood Eadarr!
 
Fond memories of the Shakey's in Dallas for my family and I.
Joe
lhsouthern
Junior Burger
Re:Shakey's 2011/05/22 15:10:31
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.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2011/05/22 17:54:30
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.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/01 04:58:47
yumyumfoodrecipes.com

 

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


Pizza??????
senor boogie woogie
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/05 02:57:20
Pizza delivery began in the Roman Empire around 100 A.D.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/05 08:29:41
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. 
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/05 12:14:42
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!!!!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/06 07:47:20
leethebard

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!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/06 08:16:35
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!!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/06 11:46:36
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.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/06 19:26:29
 
gregys

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?
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/14 12:11:39
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.
ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/14 13:01:18
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
collinf
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2011/06/23 11:35:10
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.
marzsit
Cheeseburger
Re:Shakey's 2011/08/04 17:30:51
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
This thread inspired me to visit the Shakey's in Warner Robins GA:
 
http://bit.ly/13wAnpX
Heartbreaksoup
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Re:Shakey's 2013/08/29 03:17:51
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.