Published by Dai Macdonald on July 31, 2020
After a year of hard work, planning and building, our newest Shakey’s -located in the gorgeously sunny Rialto, California – is finally open.
Opening a new Shakey’s is often a great excuse for us to celebrate the hardworking team that spent months upon months making sure everything would be ready for opening day. Before we officially open to the public, we typically dedicate a few days to treating friends and family. This gives us a chance to practice and test out our pizza ovens for a live audience. If you know your Shakey’s history, you may know that back in 1954 when the first Shakey’s opened in Sacramento, the pizza ovens didn’t work, and we were only able to sell beer. 66 years later we still double-check our ovens before opening (it’s become a bit of a fun tradition and running inside joke.)
With everything changing suddenly at the start of 2020, we knew that things were going to look a little different this year. While we did make sure the ovens were running and ready to go prior to our July 26th grand opening day, we were really sad we were unable to celebrate with our friends and family. With our dining rooms closed for the time being, as everyone does their part to slow the spread of Covid-19, we knew we were going to miss the familiar hustling and bustling noise of families and kids talking excitedly as the fresh pizza, chicken and mojos reached the table the most.
But the day had come. The kitchen was glistening, the dough was rising, and our team had donned on their red and black uniforms, masks and gloves. We had 6-feet social distancing decals on the floor leading up to the cashier and a hand sanitizing station set up near the front door. We were ready!
When our guests started to arrive we got to hear the other side of the story as they waited for their to-go or patio orders to be ready. We heard how often they drove by waiting for us open. How excited they were to try the famous Mojos they heard so much about. How they can’t wait to bring the entire family when our dining rooms are allowed to safely reopen. And our favorite – all the wonderful memories they have from when they went to Shakey’s as kids.
On opening day we were jittery, excited, and unsure of what would happen. After meeting our Rialto guests and hearing all their stories, though, all the jitters melted away and left us feeling extremely grateful to be able to be a part of such a wonderful community.
Welcome to the family, Rialto!Want to take a look at the new Rialto? Check out this video:
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