Something’s shaking at the old vacant Sizzler steak house on Escondido Boulevard across the street from the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. It’s being converted into a Shakey’s Pizza restaurant sometime this summer.
Michael Crone, with James Crone & Associates, Inc. represents the landlords of the Civic Center Plaza, which also includes the Regal Cinemas Escondido 16, PetSmart, U.S. post office, Smart & Final, and many other retail shopping venues.
Shakey’s is the oldest pizza restaurant in the country and has more than 500 franchises all over the United States. The new tenant has already started construction. “It should be a good addition to the center,” said Crone, who noted that the building has been vacant for about eight years. “We were working with a couple of interested renters. The ones we signed the lease with liked the closeness to the Center for the Arts.”
Crone said Shakey’s has a planned date of opening sometime in July, depending on when the city issues the permits. “They are going to use the existing building,” he said. “They will do a considerable amount of tenant improvements. The building will look the same but different with a nice facelift.”