Mr. Mike’s sold to restaurant group

A rapidly expanding restaurant group has added Mr. Mike’s to its holdings.

A rapidly expanding restaurant group has added Mr. Mike’s to its holdings.

RAMMP Hospitality Brands Inc. announced on Thursday that it has acquired the 19 Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse and Bar locations in British Columbian and Alberta, including the Red Deer outlet on the northeast corner of 67th Street and Gaetz Avenue.

RAMMP Hospitality’s investment group includes former executives with Boston Pizza, The Keg, White Spot, Milestones, Mr. Lube and Canadian Springs.

Its CEO, Mike Cordoba, is the former CEO of Boston Pizza International.

RAMMP Hospitality recently also acquired The Pantry and Rockwell’s restaurant chains.

There are 15 Pantrys and four Rockwell’s restaurants, with another Rockwell’s scheduled to open in April.

A news release issued by RAMMP Hospitality said it plans to double the size of its restaurant chain and move east in the next five years.

Cordoba said in an email to the Advocate that Red Deer and Central Alberta would be a good place for The Pantry and Rockwell’s to open.

“We are working on sites for both but have yet to finalize plans.”

He said in the release that the Mr. Mike’s brand has great potential.

“It has a memorable, casual and unpretentious atmosphere and an unquestionably good menu offering a high-quality steak program and the famous Mikeburger. It’s a menu that goes well beyond just steak and appeals to everybody.”

Mr. Mike’s was founded in Vancouver in 1960, and grew to a peak of more that 80 restaurants — including an earlier site in Red Deer.

The chain had shrunk to about eight before being acquired by Fulmer Development in March of 2006.

It reopened in Red Deer at its current location — the building previously occupied by the White Spot restaurant — later that year.