Shakey's Pizza Parlor has announced its return to Hawaii after a 30-year absence. On Feb. 24, the iconic brand known as the "gathering place" by generations of families, is making its comeback on Oahu, the island coincidentally referred to by locals as the "Gathering Place."
"Even though it's been 30 years since Shakey's has operated on the island, people still have incredibly fond memories of the brand," Shakey's newest franchise operator, Brad Vanderman, said in a news release. "Before we even opened, customers as well as the local news media have been anxiously anticipating our grand opening."
Three Shakey's Pizza Parlors are expected to open on the island over the next few years. The Waipahu Town Center location will follow the newly revitalized Shakey's model, occupying approximately 5,600 square feet with a dedicated party room and ample seating.
Consistent with Shakey's system, the menu will feature the brand's classic thin crust pizza, crispy fried chicken and famous Mojo Potatoes along with exciting specialty pizzas, such as the Texas BBQ Chicken, Rustic Garlic Chicken, Firehouse and the new Big Island BBQ pizza. Guests also can enjoy sweet and spicy chicken wings with savory dipping sauces from Budweiser and Dr. Pepper along with a wide variety of popular beers on tap.
When it first emerged on the island in 1964, Shakey's was a social gathering place where friends and families would get together for hot pizza, cold beer and sing-along ragtime music. The new Oahu restaurant will embrace the original Shakey's spirit with a modern spin – including interactive game room, multiple big screen TVs, classic American music and familiar pop-culture memorabilia.
"It's simple. We've gone back to our roots with a modern twist," said Joe Remsa, Shakey's chief visionary, president and CEO. "Without question we still cater to families, teams and groups. However, taking a page from the original Shakey's playbook, we've restored the original 'Ye Public House' feel with sports-oriented entertainment that also resonates with a more adult guest.
"During a time when people want nothing more than to connect with family, friends and community, Shakey's revitalized environment serves up multiple experiences all within one restaurant, so everyone can have fun."