Doors shut at Maps Maponyane's Buns Out Linden outlet due to loadshedding

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  • Maps Maponyane and Tom Savage are closing the doors to their Buns Out branch in Linden.
  • The store's closure is attributed to Covid-19, its regulations, and load-shedding.
  • Last year, the pair closed the doors to their store in Rosebank.

While Maps Maponyane and Tom Savage of the once-popular Buns Out restaurant gear up for the closure of the Linden store, they are hopeful they will be able to "bounce back" soon.

"The plan is to bounce back," says co-owner Tom Savage. "In closing this location, it gives us the opportunity to consolidate, reassess and [come] back hopefully stronger than before."

"If we keep going as we were, we will eventually just end up finished."

This comes after Buns Out announced the doors to the store will close on 9 October. Savage attributes the closure to Covid-19 regulations and loadshedding.

"We were a small business, to begin with, then Covid-19 put a hell of a weight on our cashflow that we've been trying to fight back from ever since," he says. "It's been an uphill battle, and three years on, it doesn't get any better or easier."

"So I think the time has come to let somebody else try their hand."

Despite closing the doors to the outlet, Savage says they would focus their efforts on their store at the Prison Break Market in Kyalami as they "consolidate".

"And then, when we can, if we can, we will reopen another store," Savage says.

In July 2021, Buns Out closed its Rosebank store. The closure was attributed to Covid-19 regulations, including the ban on the sale of alcohol.

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