Our Story

We started over 50 years ago in Vancouver, BC as a casual, affordable place for great steaks (on trays).

Okay, it was cafeteria style. You ordered, and when the cook called out your number, you picked up your steak on a tray. Talk about unpretentious. Today, we’re a little more refined (meaning no trays), but we’ve stayed true to our roots. We’re a steakhouse built on a casual, welcoming and non-judgmental culture. So leave your tucked-in shirt at the door, sit back, relax and enjoy a mighty fine meal. You can stay seated, too…these days our servers are happy to deliver your food and drinks straight to your table.

A Glimpse Through the Ages

The Original Steak Entrées

1960 - 1965

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Opening in 1960 at 911 Granville in Vancouver, the very first MR MIKES was the ultimate definition of SteakhouseCasual. A cafeteria-style restaurant where you grabbed a tray, ordered at the grill, then served yourself when your steak was cooked.

It was the brainchild of two brothers; neither named Mike. Go figure. Bob and Nick Constabaris felt that good steak should be affordable for everyone. Well, surprise, surprise. It turned out to be an extremely popular concept. For those not ready for steak, the brothers offered up the now famous Mikeburger®.

From white collar cubicle workers with a taste for value to bell-bottomed, tie-dyed flower children with a powerful case of the munchies, MR MIKES was a hit. With everyone,

The Megalicious boom...

Salad Bar Days

1965 – 1980

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The brothers decided to take their highly successful cafeteria steakhouse format and franchise it. They first expanded to Vancouver Island, then Kamloops, and the rest is, well, history.

Somewhere in the late 60's they came up with the idea for their famous salad bar. Guests could graze to their hearts content while waiting for their main course. Wildly popular, the term Megalicious began to be associated in MR MIKES advertising, highlighting the 'bottomless' nature of this unique feature.

The chain continues to grow, serving over 250,000 hungry customers a month. The 50th location opened in 1970. Lettuce farmers and cattle ranchers in Canada do a happy dance.

Grilling 'n Chilling....

Relax and Refocus 1980 - 1995

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In 1980, as Canada faces its worst fall economy in 30 years, MR MIKES opens its 69th location. The downtown ticks up and the majority of restaurants come through with sales increases. When times are tough, people eat steak. Parliament rejects the introduction of a bill to declare steak a comfort food.

Speaking of government, provincial taxes began making it tougher for franchisees to make money with a no-frills concept. Time for a rethink.

It's a West Coast Thing...

Rise of the Antler Boys 1995 – 2010

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Bill & Kelly Ranford partnered with Darren and Lindsey Flintoff to acquire the chain and turn the concept into a full-service West Coast-themed steakhouse. Goodbye, Megalicious salad bar....sniff. But, hey, a restaurant's gotta make money...

With a new open kitchen grill and West Coast themed interior design, the first newstyle MR MIKES reopened throughout BC, starting in Terrace, Dawson Creek, Quesnel and so on. They were a big hit in every market. Affordable steaks! Woo hoo!

Restaurant theming and advertising celebrate West Coast spirit ...and wackiness. An impromptu shot of three guys wading into water in their skivvies wearing antlers made from twigs became an iconic image. Just why, nobody knows.

MR MIKES officially becomes a Steakhouse & Bar. Grande Prairie, Alberta, becomes the first Alberta community to experience MR MIKES 's brand of steak insanity, followed by Red Deer, Edmonton and Calgary.

Oh, and the guys with the Antlers? Our accountants after a few too many Antler Ales.

RAMMP Rebrands...

Introducing SteakhouseCasual 2010

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MR MIKES saw a surge of new energy when the franchise was taken on by RAMMP Hospitality Brands in 2010. MR MIKES rebrands to accurately define its true steak soul, and in the process, creating a new dining category - SteakhouseCasual

No fancy frills. No stuffed shirt attitude. Just real people and great food. Everything customers want in a steakhouse. Only casual.

The first flagship SteakhouseCasual location re-opens in Prince George, followed by Quesnel and Mission. New markets like Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Bonnyville, Alberta also welcome the new SteakhouseCasual concept with open arms.

Success Stories

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Why did our franchisees choose MR MIKES?

  • "I thought with a franchise, it would be more of a change and I absolutely really like the idea with franchising and having a focus-directed brand, etc. And, then I probably started looking at four or five different franchises in the beginning. It was Mr. Mikes actually, who I thought was the most professional with their response...I had the best feeling with them right out of the gate...I looked at the menu and I thought ‘we're northern Alberta' and I felt like the (Mr. Mikes) menu and the drinks and everything about that part of the brand really fit with Peace River...That's one thing I liked about Mr. Mikes after getting their franchise information is their focus on training. We have a training team here for a month. There's 13 people from various Mr. Mikes locations for a month training of our staff." Benjamin Giesbrecht, Franchisee - Store #26 Peace River
  • "I had always known that this town needed another option for a restaurant and I thought a steakhouse would be a good option for that...So after several months of research, I landed upon the MR MIKES franchise and I just thought that the style, the décor, everything about this place was appealing to Cochrane." Stephen Bauer, Franchisee - Store #28 Cochrane
  • "People want a full experience – with a franchise I think you're able to offer so much more in terms of service and consistency...You can trust the brand." Sal Naim, Franchisee - Store #19 Bonnyville, Store #20 Slake Lake, Store #27 Drayton Valley
  • "I come from small-town Saskatchewan (near Jansen)…I was looking for an unpretentious steak house that not only delivered high quality steaks, but also had options for the non-steak lovers out there." Darryl Robson, Franchisee – Store # 24 Saskatoon, SK

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what our franchisees are saying about us

  • "We're very excited to be in the town – we're a steakhouse casual concept so come as you are. We offer an atmosphere that is relaxed, inviting, and family-oriented. Both Greg and I are local residents to Cochrane, we've both raised our families in this community and we really want this restaurant and this business to be about the community." Stephen Bauer, Franchisee - Store #28 Cochrane
  • "At MR MIKES you can still have a great steak, but you don't have to dress up...You can just come as you are." Sal Naim, Franchisee - Store #19 Bonnyville, Store #20 Slake Lake, Store #27 Drayton Valley
  • "I come from small-town Saskatchewan (near Jansen)...I was looking for an unpretentious steak house that not only delivered high quality steaks, but also had options for the non-steak lovers out there. "Whether it's a beer after work with your friends, or dinner out with your family, the setting is conducive to both experiences. "This is a casual atmosphere and it is more of who we are," Darryl Robson, Franchisee - Store #24 Saskatoon
  • "People wanted somewhere nice to go that they could come as they are from the farm or wherever, but also if they do feel like dressing up they can...The idea was for the restaurant to be unpretentious, but you could treat yourself to something more upscale that was not intimidating," Maria Philippe, Franchisee - Store #25 Dauphin
  • "The easiest way I can describe it (is) ... You can wear your jeans there. It's not snooty ... You can walk in there and the décor's very nice...You can't afford to go to certain restaurants too often... This is a family-type restaurant on one side and then a lounge -- or an ‘urban lodge,' they call it -- on the other side." Dave Naussbaumer, Franchisee - Store #18 Yorkton, Store #23 Regina, Store #23 Prince Albert
  • "I think that fits well for Peace River. We have the ski hill and we kind of have the northern feel and I think the natural elements in the building fit with that." Benjamin Giesbrecht, Franchisee - Store #26 Peace River