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Shakey's Pizza Restaurant


Shakey’s Pizza is an American pizza restaurant chain with locations nationwide and abroad. Shakey’s is the home of the World’s Greatest Pizza, since 1954, and offers a variety of specialty pizzas, such as the Shakey’s Special, with four kinds of meat, or any combination made to order. Shakey’s also offers fried chicken on pizza, as well as fried chicken and their famous Mojos, fried potato wedges, served nacho style or straight up. The Shakey’s brand is a popular family dinner destination, known for its friendly, country style. Every restaurant features long tables lined with chairs for communal seating, and the atmosphere is always loose, light and fun.

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Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$407,000 - $1,400,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


The emphasis at Shakey’s is fun, and the restaurant brand has cultivated its reputation as an old-fashioned, country-style pizza parlor. The restaurant template is a wide open room, 5,500-6,500 square feet, providing a setting of openness, with buffet-style serving of pizza, pasta and salad, and rows of long tables seating 175 to 200 customers. Shakey’s offers both single-unit and multiple-unit area development franchise partnerships, with protected territories. The restaurant company is focused on national expansion.

Shakey’s Pizza Franchise Opportunities – History

Shakey’s was founded by Sherwood “Shakey” Johnson, who opened his first Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in 1954, in Sacramento, California, after remodeling a grocery store. Johnson indulged his love for Dixieland jazz and added live ragtime music, with banjos and player pianos in every new franchise of his expanding restaurant chain. The concept caught on and Shakey’s began to grow nationally, as the Shakey’s name became associated with its signature, trademarked World’s Greatest Pizza. With its longtime slogan, “you can feed your face at any old place, but you can warm your heart at Shakey’s,” the restaurant grew to 272 stores by 1967, when Johnson sold his interest in the company. By 1975, Shakey’s expanded to Pacific Rim countries Japan and the Philippines, as well as Canada and across the U.S.

Shakey’s Pizza Franchise Cost / Initial Investment /Shakey’s Pizza

Franchise Income

The total investment to open a Shakey’s Pizza franchise ranges from $804,000 to $2.25 million, depending on location, new or existing construction, land owned or leased, and other factors.

Shakey’s Pizza Business Opportunities: Other Information

In addition to its famous pizza, Shakey’s Pizza restaurants are known by kids for their game rooms. As a standard aspect of each Shakey’s franchise, a game parlor is included, with pinball machines, video games and fun activities for the whole family.

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