Spur ditches famous 2 for 1 burger special

Spur is set to end its infamous 2 for 1 burger special and some other regular discounts too, but it promises to introduce further specials, finds Angelique Ruzicka.

Budget conscious diners will be disappointed to find that restaurant chain and franchise, Spur, is calling an end to some of its most popular specials. Spur has confirmed to Moneybags that it’s set to end its 2 for 1 burger special in April this year which it has been running for approximately seven years. The deal enabled eat in customers to get a second burger (or hot dog) free with the purchase of any fully priced burger or American Classic Dog on its menu.

It meant that customers could get two Original Spur Burgers (beef or chicken) for just R72.90, which effectively resulted in two people getting their burgers for just R36.45 each. This made the Spur’s deal cheaper than the Steers’ Wacky Wednesday promotion where patrons get two burgers for the price of one for R45.90 each.

According to reports, the kids eat free on Wednesdays deal and the buy two, get a third steak free special on Thursdays will end in April too.

However, the family restaurant chain has promised to continue some specials and that it will introduce new ones to celebrate its 50 year anniversary this year. Some speculate that Spur is due to introduce a R50 burger special with a discounted sauce, however, when asked about this Sacha Du Plessis, group marketing executive of the Spur Group Pty Ltd told us: “I cannot comment on the exact nature of the promotions to be launched or their timing at this stage, I do hope you can appreciate this position.”

He did, however, offer some comfort to fans of the Spur specials: “We will continue to run special offers; our unreal breakfast continues every day and our Monday Spur Burger promotion is being replaced with another special offer which will take place every Monday. The timing thereof has not yet been released. We are turning 50 this year and have a plan to celebrate this wonderful occasion with great value for money offers.”

CEO of the Spur Corporation, Pierre van Tonder, told Cape Talk that the decision to ditch the 2 for 1 deal was based on food inflation. “We simply could not afford it,” he told the radio station.

Du Plessis added: “We are also revising our menu in lieu of the amended weekday specials to ensure we offer everyday value on an ongoing basis.” 

Other deals to end?

Spur is not the only restaurant that has ended its 2 for 1 burger special. A manager of Gibsons Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town confirmed that their 2 for 1 burger special where the most expensive burger was charged for and which also featured on Mondays had also come to an end in 2016. However, he couldn’t confirm whether food inflation had anything to do with the decision.

Speculation is now rife that Steers, which is owned by Famous Brands, will end its Wacky Wednesday burger special*.

The fast food burger outlet currently has a special featuring its Shake it up combo, consisting of a Steers Burger, regular chips and a 350ml thick shake for R49.90.

*Famous Brands was contacted about whether it would keep its Whacky Wednesday special going but at the time of publication the company’s spokesperson was not available.