Whether you're looking to take the family out for dinner or just want to hang out with friends for appy’s and a drink - Mr. Mike’s has something for everyone. Their late night menu makes the patio a very appealing spot for post-game drinks and $5 appy's with your team.
Mike Durocher one of the owners and general manager of Mr. Mike’s SteakhouseCasual in Fort McMurray, answered some questions for McMurrian Media and let us know about their history and their involvement in the community.
MM: Mr. Mike’s SteakhouseCasual is a Canadian franchise, how did your group decide Mr. Mike’s was the right business for you?
Mike: We’re a group of five, we are majority indigenous-owned. We chose Mr. Mike’s SteakhouseCasual because it has a great reputation across Canada, they began with a single restaurant that opened in 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the restaurant aimed at providing a low-cost dining experience for families and it became a hit.
We researched several different investment opportunities before choosing Mr. Mike’s SteakhouseCasual. Then while attending a franchise show, we noticed Mr. Mike’s SteakhouseCasual they really stood out from the others.
We didn’t want to compete with the many fine dining restaurants in Fort McMurray, our primary goal was to create an atmosphere where families can come in and talk, turn off their phones and have quality time with their families.
MM: As a new business, what is your biggest struggle being a business owner in Fort McMurray?
Mike: Staffing is always an issue; in the service industry- You can have a great product and tons of customers, but if you don’t have experienced staff, it’s difficult to run a business. Finding experienced staff is tough!
Getting the word out that we’re open for business has been a bit of a struggle, as well.
We're not fast food-so plan to stay for about an hour, everything is cooked fresh for you, so it’s worth the wait. Our happy hour and our late-night menu rum from 2- 5 & at 9 to close, we have $5 off all our entrees and appetizers for $5. MM: When will the patio open for the season?
Mike: The patio is open now- when the weather cooperates. Once the weather stays nice for a longer period, we’ll do a big advertising launch for its opening.
MM: What are you most proud of about your business?
Mike: We’re most proud of our social aspect, we’ve provided equal opportunity jobs for all members of the community without discrimination, and all we ask for is job experience.
We've brought families together got then off social media so they can enjoy family time together.
MM: Is there anything going on that you would like to share with the community?
Mike: We are attending two golf tournaments this summer, first is the REMAX Charity Golf Tournament in support of Northern Lights Health Foundation and the Stollery Children's Hospital, we feel that is a very good cause. We've donated a dinner for 8 and a gift basket. We did that last year before we even opened and we're doing it again this year.
Next, we will be attending the first responder's golf tournament June 29th and we'll be running the BBQ giving out free Mr. Mike’s burgers. Once again that's a cause we feel we can get behind, first responders have done so much for our community so to help recognize them is awesome.
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