;)Shakey's -Pizza is ALIVE and WEll. Shakey was in world war II where he developed Malaria which gave him the Shakes.....thus the Name Shakey's.....he just move to the Philippines in the early 1980's and is the biggest pizza chain there now.....I Just ate a Shakey's pizza there about 6 months ago...exactly the same as in the '70's but really the sauce is more Grease than sauce....JUST LIKE MAZZIO's.....you know the industry practice is to brush on Bacon Grease ....ON TOP ....to melt the cheese faster.....YUCK>..makes me eat more frozen pizza.....Cholesterol City...
Shotgun Sams had real sauce.....and corn meal on the bottom...how ever the business was left the the son and daugther in the late '70's and the remodled and remodeled and run the business in to the ground.
Most of what you say is wrong... I worked at Shotguns 10 years...mazzios is not greasy, and is very similar in quality to mazzios.
It was never left to the son/daughter, as Tom&Gay WInslow did not leave the biz to the kids, as they eventually sold it after The Ramond King Sisters raised the rent on the land.
Doug Jones/raymond king were the original owners, and Doug sold a minority chunk to Tom&Gay Winslow who eventulaly became the major owners when Doug sold what was left.
Raymong King left his share to his daughters.
Tom&Gay who were the primary owners toward the end, never left the biz to anybody, and it wasnt till Gay Winslow died that Tom went back to Realestate in his last years.
Shotgun Sams was doing well, well into the mid to late 80's.
By then though Mazzios/Crystals for a bit, and others were as good as Shotgun sams and it was hurting.
Plus Shotguns tried to 'get fancy' which is what hurt the biz most.
They tried to go 'italian deli' at 21st street location.. instead of doing same on 51st location (fancy part of town)... That is what brought them down... not ownership or pizza quality.
It was remodeled a total of 2 times only before it left pizza offerigns for a italian type fancy layout.
Both of the two remodels did not impact the biz negatively and in fact doubled it for years.
It surprises me how people get the facts wrong, but then I actually was there throught there early bigger successes and most of their later successs and failures.