f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Shakey's Pizza Parlor & Ye Public House

Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 12:00 AM

May 24, 1981 Southeast Missourian

Workers begin cleaning up debris left by a fire early Saturday morning that heavily damaged Shakey's Pizza Parlor, 801 Broadway. Two persons, including an employee of the business, have been charged with arson and burglary in connection with the blaze.

A special arson investigator said there were "five points of origin of fire" in the basement and dining area of the pizza parlor. The fire heavily damaged the rear areas of the basement and dining area and caused extensive smoke damage to the upstairs portion of the building.

The building was never repaired. It was demolished in 1994 and the site became a parking lot for Kerasotes Theaters, which owned the adjacent Broadway Theater.

Shakey's opened in the building on July 1, 1968.

Tenkhoff Pharmacy occupied the building from 1943 to 1964.

April 4, 1970 Southeast Missourian, Metro Report

Robert Breeding has purchased the franchise for the local unit of the nationally operated Shakey's Pizza Parlors, 801 Broadway. Mr. Breeding secured transfer of the franchise from the Barnhouse interests and has also purchased the establishment's fixtures. The local unit is a part of a nationally franchised restaurant chain. Mr. Breeding said the establishment will be open seven days a week, running from 12 noon to 1:30 a.m. on weekdays and until midnight on Sundays. A line of sandwiches to supplement the varied pizza menu is being introduced and piano and banjo music will be provided on Friday and Saturday nights.

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  • Loved that pizza buffet!

    -- Posted by Vwwvwv on Wed, Apr 30, 2014, at 5:42 AM
  • I have very fond memories of this place. Walking in and looking through the glass as the cooks toss the dough. Then sitting down to some Laurel and Hardy film while enjoying the pizza before going next door to the theatre. It is one of the things I remember my dad and I doing often.

    -- Posted by SAHD on Wed, Apr 30, 2014, at 12:24 PM
  • Best **** pizza anywhere.

    -- Posted by johnlaw484c on Wed, Apr 30, 2014, at 7:32 PM
  • When my oldest brother was in college, he would take me and my 2 sisters to Shakey's to eat pizza. he was 16 years older than me so it was a great memory for me to hang out with my cool older brother (and usually his date) Great pizza, loved the silent movies and the ice :)

    -- Posted by mystery9 on Thu, May 1, 2014, at 8:29 AM
  • Cape needs a pizza place like this. Bring it back!

    -- Posted by Coco on Thu, May 1, 2014, at 1:25 PM
  • Still have my shakeys beer mug from there

    -- Posted by rockytop10 on Thu, May 22, 2014, at 4:45 PM