Big Mike’s Fat Kitchen in Carlton faces uncertain future as business is put up for sale by owners

Big Mike began selling his cheesecakes via social media during the first lockdown before opening his first store on Carlton Hill

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A popular cheesecake store in Carlton is facing an uncertain future – after the business was put up for sale. 

Big Mike’s Fat Kitchen is being put on the market by owner Mike Jones, AKA Big Mike, and partner Jess Graham.

The Carlton Hill venue will remain open until a buyer for the business is found – but their Beeston site will close.

Big Mike made the announcement on his Facebook page

PICTURED: Big Mike’s Fat Kitchen on Carlton Hill

In the post he wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that Jess and I have made the difficult decision to put Big Mike’s up for sale.

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“I had the full desire to grow the business as fast as possible and if I’m honest tried running before we could walk properly with the opening of the second store in Beeston and HQ kitchen. We put our profits into transforming the business but with the cost of living crisis hitting we’ve had some quiet months and it has been a struggle with us having no working capital.

“This would be an amazing opportunity for the right person to grow Big Mike’s and put cheesecake on every high street. There is no end to where Big Mike’s could grow to but we know we can’t grow the business to its full potential.”

He added: “Myself and Jess would just like to thank every person who has supported us over the last two years, everyone who has worked for us, we hope you all enjoyed the ride and I can’t wait to see where the future takes us. To our customers who we receive countless messages of support from and compliments on our cheesecakes we are so grateful.

“Please keep cheesecake at the top of your treat list. We will be open as normal at our Carlton store until we find a buyer so please pop in.”

Big Mike began selling his cheesecakes via social media during the first lockdown after being put on furlough. He opened his first store on Carlton Hill and then opened the second shop a year later in Beeston.

Anyone who has an interest in buying the business is being urged to get in touch via email or message.

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