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