Mike’s Kitchen

...it's family time

Mike's Kitchen

Full Description

The Brand

Mike’s Kitchen was founded by Mike Illion when the first restaurant was opened in Greenside, Johannesburg in 1972. It was here that Mike created a restaurant that embraced all that he had envisioned. It had the quality and feel of a kitchen in a much-loved home. Wooden floors gleamed in contrast with the plastic-coated gingham table cloths. There was not a starched napkin in sight. The ambiance was cosy, and stiff formality had no place.


The Mike's Kitchen brand has been built on the core purpose of creating a fun, South African family orientated chain of restaurants that serves great food. Mike was a true South African at heart and enthusiastically embraced his heritage. Instead of turning to foreign cooking for inspiration, Mike decided that local was lekker and compiled a menu reflecting the heart of South African tables.

Mike’s Kitchen continuously strives to exceed its customers’ expectations by providing a holistic and professional service, with particular emphasis to high quality and generous portions in an atmosphere of fun, through its friendly, professional, enthusiastic and highly trained staff. The continued success of the business is the fact that the owner, manager or stake holder takes a “hands on” approach to running the store.


The level and extent of the initial and on-going support and training provided by Mike’s Kitchen to its franchisees is one of the cornerstones of the success of the brand.

Assistance is provided to franchisees with the opening of their restaurants and the franchise team ensures that the stringent operational standard of all restaurants is met by conducting regular store visits.

Are You Our Next Franchisee?

Mike’s Kitchen franchisees should be entrepreneurs with a “hands on” approach to running the restaurant within the strict parameters imposed by the franchise system. Good communication, with sales and marketing skills will complete the make-up.