Shakey’s Pizza was founded in Sacramento, California, in 1954 by Sherwood “Shakey” Johnson and Ed Plummer. Johnson used to play dixieland jazz piano in the restaurant most nights. The company is known not only for pizza and beer, but for its live entertainment and for the straw hats employees wear.
The company was the first pizza franchise in the US. Today, Shakey’s Pizza has more than 500 stores around the world, with approximately 60 of those in the US. The company has been sold several times over the years, most recently in 2004 to Jacmar Companies, who keep their headquarters in Alhambra, California.
Shakey’s Pizza is particularly popular in the Phillipines, with more than 150 locations. In addition to pizza, the company offers chicken, sandwiches, pasta, and desserts.