our story

our story

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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.


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.