Popular Restaurant From Minnesota’s Past Is Actually Still Open
It's consistently listed as one of the restaurants we miss the most here in Minnesota. But did you know this restaurant is actually still around today?!?
While there have been a TON of restaurants that have come in gone here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, THIS previously popular restaurant is actually Shakey's Pizza. And Minnesotans have routinely listed that restaurant numerous times whenever they're asked about a local restaurant everyone loved but that isn't around anymore.
But, wait a minute-- Shakey's Pizza IS still around! And, yes, it IS the same chain that once called many cities here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, as well as many other locations across the Midwest, home. While I never made it to any Shakey's locations here in the Bold North, I did go to Shakey's in beautiful Rib Mountain, Wisconsin, near my hometown of Wausau when I was a kid.
As for one popular location in Minnesota, this Post-Bulletin story says the Rochester Shakey's location opened in March of 1968 along the Highway-52 frontage road near 19th Street. It was one of 342 Shakey's Pizza restaurants operating at that time, and was, according to the article, Rochester's first real pizza place. The story says it closed when MnDOT began to rework sections of the Highway-52 frontage road, and the owners didn't want to relocate the business.
But, if you're a Shakey's fan, there's good news: According to THIS website, you'll see the Shakey's Pizza chain is still very much around! That's the good news. The bad news is that the closest Shakey's location to Minnesota is... almost 1,100 miles away in Auburn, Alabama.
The Shakey's site also lists several other locations that are still open out in California, Washington state, and down in Mexico. Road trip, anybody? Keep scrolling, too, to check out some other classic chains that have long since gone-- but that we still miss!
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