Mike’s Kitchen
Mike’s Kitchen is an unforgettable & authentic proudly South African brand that creates memorable family experiences.

The Brand

Mike’s Kitchen has been creating memorable family experiences since the very beginning. The first Mike’s Kitchen, brainchild of founder Mike lllion opened in Greenside, Johannesburg on the 17th of September 1972. With a long and rich heritage and known to families across. The brand continues to deliver its’ famous mouth-watering rack of ribs, succulent and tender steaks and, of course, legendary burgers and carvery! Unforgettable and authentic proudly South African brand.


Our focus is to create a fun-loving restaurant experience that brings families and friends together to make them feel like they are part of the Yami family!


New Franchisees and managers attend an intensive 5-week training program. The curriculum includes an introduction to franchising, stock management, basic business skills, finance, store administration, human resources management, point-of-sales training and marketing.

To ensure they have a complete understanding of the operational aspects of the business, franchisees and managers are also required to complete the kitchen and front-of-house staff training program. Ongoing and on-the-job training for kitchen and front-of-house staff is provided by head office during the course of regular store visits.

Franchisees also receive ongoing support based on best practice models and national averages to ensure profitability of outlets is optimized. Assistance is provided in compiling business plans for stores as well as the implementation of local store marketing plans designed to maximise turnover.

Are You Our Next Franchisee?

We are looking for entrepreneurs that are energetic, dedicated, customer centric and committed.


When It All Began


Mike Illion

Year Established


1st Franchise Opened

Brand Network


Chris van Zyl

Head Office


No. of Outlets


Available Opportunities

Across South Africa

FASA Membership

Investment (Excl. VAT)

Average set-up cost

Store size +250m² – Building Est. Cost R12 000 per m²

Initial franchise fee

R 100 000

Initial Working Capital

R 120 000

Minimum owners contribution

50% Unencumbered funds
Franchise Terms

Management services fee

5% on monthly turnover

Marketing fee

2% on monthly turnover

Initial agreement term

5 Years

Renewal term

5 Years

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