Our Story

Humble Beginnings

Jimmy’s started many moons ago back in 1991 after it’s prawn loving founder, Jimmy, decided to celebrate the prawn.

With a basic setup, no funding and a dream, Jimmys opened his first restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa. With a container freezer and a grill, Jimmy started serving his first customers out of an old mining house.

A simple dish of prawns on the grill beautifully flavoured and a side of bread.

Love at first sight

Within a few months, Jimmys was the talk of town. Folk would drive for hours to experience and celebrate the prawn.

Within a short year, Jimmys opened his first brick and mortar store and expanded his prawn offering with variations of prawn dishes he’d tasted during his travels globally.

Now Jimmys is a global franchise with stores throughout Southern Africa, Middle East and Europe with more coming soon.

Celebrate the prawn with us

Come and celebrate the prawn with us and enjoy some of the best prawns you’ll ever eat.