For many white children growing up in apartheid South Africa, the Spur Steak Ranches restaurant chain was a home away from home, offering kid-friendly meals and play areas with an American Wild West theme.

For their parents, the chain's outposts served as the social centre in many rural towns and in suburbs like Strand, a once-popular beach resort about 50km from Cape Town.

"A lot of people thought of Spur as their living room," said Johan Pienaar, a brand consultant.

But some of Spur's most ardent fans have been staying away, supporting a boycott now entering its third year that

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