Back in September, I noted published reports that a Shakey's would be opening in Alabama. As Shakey's East noted, one has in Auburn. According to my list of Shakey's from 1992, there were no Shakey's in or anywhere near Auburn at that time, or presumably from then on. So many people have fond memories of the Shakey's they went to 30 or so years ago, and it wasn't always for the food. So, this raises a few questions in my mind. I assume most of the locals patronizing the place will not be familiar with the way a typical Shakey's used to be. For them, it will be another new place that just opened up, like many of us are looking at Five Guys burger places for the first time now. So, does the new place have anything that kids today will remember 30-odd years from now? Also, will the place be noted locally for its food or for food value? Also, how many older folks will make a trip there to see how this brand spanking new Shakey's compares to the ones they remember from years ago?
Most of the meals I had in Shakey's were in restaurants needing remodeling back in the 80's in Mid-Atlantic locations. They were getting hit hard by other competition from other chains. They all eventually folded. The pizza was great in some, mediocre in others. I would go for their signature dishes, and rarely bought the buffet.
I found six fascinating candid shots of the new Auburn restaurant on the web site of a local radio station. If you click on a photo and click on the photo again above it, you will get a large 2-3 meg image showing what it looks like. It even includes the sign out front advertising the lunch buffet (for $6.95) that the franchisor wanted to kill off, and people lining up at the buffet: http://www.wingsfm.com/frmGalleryPhotos.aspx?GalleryID=8
There is a photo of what looks like prizes that can be won from playing the games. This may be the current "attraction" of Shakey's. Old movies probably wouldn't hold the interest of most of the people you see in these photos. Being a college town, I'd also like to know if Auburn has any live bands.
What one can't tell from the photos is what the food tastes like.