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Shakey's Pizza was founded in Sacramento, California, on April 30, 1954, by Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson and Ed Plummer. Johnson's nickname resulted from nerve damage following a bout of malaria suffered during World War II. The first weekend the parlor opened, only beer was served and Shakey took the profits from beer sales and bought ingredients for pizza the following Monday.

Shakey personally played dixieland jazz piano to entertain patrons. Shakey's initially became known outside Sacramento, not for its pizza, but for the jazz program it sponsored on a regional radio network. Shakey Johnson is honored in the Banjo Hall of Fame in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for his longtime use of banjo music at his pizza parlors. Other live music, including piano, was also a staple in the old Shakey's parlors.

The original store at 57th and J in Sacramento remained in business until the late 1990s.
A "Ye Old Notice" sign.

The second Shakey's Pizza Parlor opened in Portland, Oregon, in 1956. Shakey's began franchising its restaurant to others in 1957. According to Johnson, Shakey's Pizza engaged in little market research and made most of its decisions on where to locate stores by going where Kinney Shoes opened stores. By the time Johnson sold his interest in 1967, there were 272 Shakey's Pizza Parlors in the United States. The first international store opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1968. By 1975, the company had expanded to the Pacific Rim, including Japan and the Philippines. The chain is now much bigger in the Philippines than in the United States.

Shakey Johnson sold his half of the company for $3 million to Colorado Milling and Elevator in 1967, which acquired Plummer's half for $9 million the next year. Shakey's was again sold to Hunt International Resources in 1974. Two franchisees bought the chain in 1984 and they sold out to Inno-Pacific Holdings of Singapore in 1989. Most of the U. S. stores closed during the time Inno-Pacific owned the chain (two Shakey's restaurants in the Houston, Texas metro area were shuttered). Some of the remaining franchisees took Inno-Pacific to court in 2003. Before this could come to trial, Shakey's was sold to Jacmar Companies of Alhambra, California, in 2004. Jacmar had been the franchisee of 19 Shakey's restaurants.

Shakey's has gone from 325 stores throughout the United States when Hunt International bought the company in 1974 to 63 stores as of 2008, 55 of them in California. There are two stores east of the Mississippi River: Warner Robins, Georgia and Auburn, Alabama. The West Allis, Wisconsin store closed on June 30, 2008.[1][2]Only three Shakey's stores exist in the West outside California: Nogales, Arizona and two in suburban Seattle.
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Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
Great pizza buffet restaurant that are dissapearing from the US. Too bad, the pizza was good and the mojos are one of a kind.
review by . May 12, 2010
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*sniff* I miss Mojo!
Mojo the dog, a mascot type for the Shakeys Pizza Restaraunt is becoming an endangered species these days.  I see fewer and fewer of these chains every day and will be lucky to go to one again.      Shakey's is a Pizza Buffet/arcade that used to litter the landscape in the 80s but sadly the times have changed and there are very few left in the states anymore with a majority of them now in Southeast Asia.      The pizza was juicy and delicous and the buffet …
Quick Tip by . May 12, 2010
A chain thats fading from the US landscape fast. It's pizza and exclusive Mojo potatoes are great. Keep these around!!
review by . June 05, 2007
Pros: Clean, free parking      Cons: Bad food, no customer service, rides/games were all broken     The Bottom Line: I am mystified how this restaurant has survived. I do not recommend Shakey's pizza on any level.     I have a 2 year old little boy. I thought taking him to Shakey's Pizza in Studio City would be fun...I was wrong and let me tell you why.      This Shakey's is billed as Shakey's Ye Old Pizza Parlor and …
review by . June 03, 2000
Pros: Some unlimited foodstuffs, and pizza is still pizza      Cons: Consistently mediocre-to-bad quality     ...but... "Shakey's" has bad pizza by many accounts, yet it is still pizza -- and so edible. It is also unlimited pizza at certain times of the day, making it by default not entirely "bad" pizza.      I am a fan of their thin crust, though others claim it makes for a pizza experience even further removed from …
review by . May 27, 2000
Pros: Mojo potatoes     Cons: Not aware of any      There are a few Shakey's Restaurants here in the Los Angeles City Basin. They are buffet style with take out pizza as well.       They are very popular at lunchtime for the business crowd. This would be between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. The tables are spread out like cafeteria style and there are games for kids in the sitting area as well as another room full of games where you win tickets …
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