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Shakey’s returns to Escondido after 40 years

Chamber of Commerce members help the new Shakey’s Pizza celebrate its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting. Some of the dignitaries included, from left, Marie Schwab, Cynthia Lockyer, Don Burgett, Store Gen. Mgr. Joseph McArdle, national CEO Nick Mayer, John Schwab, City Councilmember John Masson, City Councilmember Consuelo Martinez, Nancy Murphy, and Tom Stinson Representing Assemblywoman Marie Waldron’s office.

It’s been 40 years since Shakey’s Pizza Parlor closed its doors in Escondido, where it served pies during the late 60s and 70s.  Monday morning the national pizza chain returned to the Hidden City in one of the most visible locations in town: across the street from the Center for the Arts.

An Escondido resident waiting out front of the new Shakey’s Pizza Parlor Monday Morning talked about how the restaurant reminded her of her youth.  Sandy Keister said, “I remember the Shakey’s in Oceanside. There aren’t any pizza places where you can dine in for lunch. I’m looking forward to bringing my daughter and granddaughter here. It’s something more fun than eating in the car.” 

For at least ten years the building, formerly the Sizzler steak house, stood empty. Now it’s ready to contribute to the busy ambience of Escondido’s downtown.

As people waited for the festivities to begin, many recalled their fond memories of eating at a Shakey’s during their youth.  James (JR) CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, led the delegation of the Chamber, which put on the ribbon cutting. “My fondest memory of Shakey’s was that it was the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights,” he said. 

Tom Stinson, who has lived in the area most of his life in the area, remarked, “I remember Shakey’s from way back when. It was the place where you could dress fast casual!”

The restaurant had a soft opening over the weekend for a few selected guests.

After the Grand Opening on Monday, the restaurant did a better than expected sales day, said General Mgr. Joseph McArdle. “We did more sales than anticipated and crowds were nice,” he said. “We’re still fine tuning everything but I think we’re doing well.”

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor
335 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025


6 responses to “Shakey’s returns to Escondido after 40 years”

  1. Pam cinnamon says:

    I was excited to go to shakey’s but I was disappointed when my food arrived, the small pizza I ordered looked and tasted like they opened a low grade frozen pizza. The mojo taters were good. I hope the next time I go if I order a pizza I will be specific on how i order my pie.

  2. Gordon Wagner says:

    Shakey’s is still in business? Anywhere? Seriously? That’s remarkable.

  3. David says:

    I have a hard time believing that they will survive at all.I remember it was bad pizza back in the day.With Killer Pizza from Mars and other good pizza places around,doubt this place stays very busy.

  4. Delmar says:

    Let’s give them a chance to get through their first week or two, before you go slapping a bad review on them, especially from someone who hasn’t even been there! I’m giving them the benefit of doubt, for bringing a family day or night of fun. Thanks Shakey’s and good luck!

  5. Mike Sweeny says:

    Where was the original Escondido Shakey’s located? I just can’t remember where it was.

  6. mike grigoriadis says:

    It’s not the Original Shakey’s pretty sad. I’ll stick to Round Table

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