Hennie & Lara Oelofse have over 30 years restaurant experience, starting as waiters as students in 1988.
After a short stint teaching, they decided to follow their dream and joined a close friend in his restaurant on a fulltime basis.
Hennie was soon promoted to General Manager, while Lara managed the front of house. They acquired their first restaurant in 1997 in Pretoria.
Hennie bought Mike’s Kitchen Franchising with a partner in 2001, and became Operations and Development Director, while Lara was Training Manager.
Hennie and Lara acquired Mike’s Kitchen Springs in 2009 and grew the business to become one of the best restaurants in the franchise, and in Springs.
They have received numerous awards and accolades, with The Franchise Association of South Africa awarding them “Franchise of the Year” in 2015 as a highlight.
Now after 30 years, Hennie & Lara have decided to use their extensive knowledge and experience, to create a unique family-style steakhouse, focusing on quality and affordability in a cozy and friendly environment.