The first Mike’s Kitchen was the brainchild of its founder Mike lllion and opened in Greenside on the 17th September 1972. The original interior was designed around a kitchen theme consisting of a distinctive black, white and red check colour scheme.

The salad bar was a price–driven innovation which was to become a Mike’s Kitchen trademark. Besides being the first steakhouse to serve spare ribs, basted with a secret marinade, Mike’s also had a distinctive look and promised wholesome, hearty food at affordable prices for the whole family.

In 1983, Holiday Inn’s entrepreneur, David Lewis, bought the chain. David continued Mike’s Kitchen’s innovative trend by introducing the Mike’s Birthday Club, which was to become an important element of Mike’s Kitchen. In 1986 Mike’s Kitchen was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with 67 units nationwide. It was believed that an entrepreneur with a passion and vision for the group was needed to launch the company into the new millennium and a new beginning.

In 1983, Holiday Inn’s entrepreneur, David Lewis, bought the chain. David continued Mike’s Kitchen’s innovative trend by introducing the Mike’s Birthday Club, which was to become an important element of Mike’s Kitchen. In 1986 Mike’s Kitchen was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with 67 units nationwide. It was believed that an entrepreneur with a passion and vision for the group was needed to launch the company into the new millennium and a new beginning.

In June 1998 Garry Corney acquired the operating rights for Mike’s Kitchen from Kingco. Garry Corney had the drive, passion and vision for the task at hand. After Garry’s sudden passing away, his wife Judy Corney and her team took control with the same enthusiasm and drive.

Currently the Mike’s Kitchen brand is owned by an international private equity company based in the USA. The focus of the new owners is to provide a total customer experience, by strong support to the franchisee.

Mike’s Kitchen has been firmly repositioned as a family restaurant with a special focus on children, providing unbeatable value for money and exceptional food quality standards. Mike’s Kitchen evokes nostalgia in its design by emulating the quality and feel of a kitchen in a much-loved home.