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A sign from the original Shakey’s listing drink prices from the late 70’s was at the Knights of Columbus hall Jan. 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Vicki Hart (left) and Karen Weldy serve chicken at the Knights of Columbus Jan. 26, 2013. Fried chicken and potatoes coated in breading mix similar to that from the original Shakey’s in Elkhart were served along with salad and bread. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Rich Eppers drops chicken into a cooker in the Knights of Columbus kitchen Jan. 26, 2013. Eppers, along with his brother, Matt, and father, Joe, helped cook and serve the chicken and potatoes their Shakey’s restaurant served in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Matt Eppers, Joe Eppers and Rich Eppers pose for a photograph in the Knights of Columbus kitchen Jan. 26, 2013. The Eppers, along with friends, served chicken and potatoes. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Catie Casey helps her daughter, Dillyn, with her chicken at the Knights of Columbus Jan. 26, 2013. Fried chicken and potatoes coated in breading mix similar to that from the original Shakey’s in Elkhart were served along with salad and bread. The Caseys are from Elkhart. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Rich Eppers cooks chicken in the Knights of Columbus kitchen Jan. 26, 2013. Eppers, along with his brother, Matt, and father, Joe, helped cook and serve the chicken and potatoes their Shakey’s restaurant served in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Ron DeLucenay sifts coating mix in the Knights of Columbus hall Jan. 26, 2013. DeLucenay was helping serve chicken and potatoes for the Eppers family. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Catie Casey’s two-year-old daughter, Dillyn, tries out a piece of chicken at the Knights of Columbus Jan. 26, 2013. Fried chicken and potatoes coated in breading mix from similar to the original Shakeys in Elkhart were served along with salad and bread. The Caseys are from Elkhart. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Vicki Hart serves chicken at the Knights of Columbus Jan. 26, 2013. Fried chicken and potatoes coated in breading mix similar to that from the original Shakey’s in Elkhart were served along with salad and bread. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Nick Seidl (left) and Steve Erwin coat potatoes with flour and spices in the Knights of Columbus Jan. 26, 2013. The Eppers family helped cook and serve the Shakey’s potatoes and chicken Saturday at the hall. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Marcia Eppers serves potatoes at the Knights of Columbus Jan. 26, 2013. The Eppers family, owners of the Shakey’s in Elkhart, cooked and helped serve their chicken and potatoes. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Shakey’s event stirs childhood memories

Posted on Jan. 26, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 26, 2013 at 6:48 p.m.

ELKHART — Hundreds from around Elkhart County came to the Knights of Columbus hall Saturday for a taste of their childhood.

The Shakey’s Night event brought back the familiar taste of the popular restaurant’s fried chicken and mojos, at least for one day.

Shakey’s locations on Nappanee Street on Elkhart’s west side and U.S. 33 in Dunlap closed long ago, but their aficionados’ hunger didn’t abate. Six hundred tickets for the event sold out two weeks ago.

Matt Eppers, son of local Shakey’s owner Joe Eppers, estimated that they served 900 pounds of chicken and about 603 pound of potatoes.

The recipe the Eppers used Saturday approximated Shakey’s’ copyrighted recipes, according to Joe Eppers.

Matt Eppers said the highlight has been so many past employees who have come to talk to them about old times.

“There’s probably not a day in my life somebody doesn’t talk to us about Shakey’s,” he said.

Here’s what some customers said Saturday:

“It just brings back a lot of good memories — a place will bring you back together. They let us come there and be kids.”

Michelle Sissom

“Shakey’s was an every-other weekend trip with my dad ... lots of chicken and mojos and the big-screen TV. They don’t have anything like that anymore.”

Catie Casey

“Shakey’s was an iconic part of our childhood. (After) football, basketball games, it was Shakey’s.”

Kerri Eagan

“It’s an institution. Everybody (in Elkhart) knows Shakey’s. (As a kid) I didn’t want to go to McDonald’s; I wanted to go to Shakey’s.”

Chad Crabtree

“My parents used to take me when I was a kid. We would go after church, so I couldn’t wait until church was over.”

Angie Chupp

“It gives me a chance to catch up with friends that I haven’t seen for a long time.”

Shawn Cox