The Thobs Wraps restaurant in Vosloorus is a unique spot that you would not expect in the township- it’s like a laid-back beach bar when one can unwind after a long day over cocktails and their homemade wraps which come in various flavours.
Founder and owner of Thobs Wraps, Thobile Sibeko says her creativity and passion for food is what drove her to start the business. “I’ve enjoyed cooking from a young age. I wanted to bring something different to the township. Our community is very open minded about food, I also thought the timing was right because we opened at the beginning of COVID and people were excited to eat something completely different,” Sibeko tells Spot-On.
The eatery opened its doors literally 14 days before the 21 days of lockdown level five. “12 March 2020. I kept opening as they were allowing us to only do pickups, it was a real roller coaster,” says Sibeko.
Their wraps are filled with smoked chicken, sweet chilli pork, beef, bacon & cheese, boerewors, fish. While you can quench your thirst with their Gemere Cocktail, Lemon & cranberry mojito.
Sibeko says “we are planning to introduce more products to our menu” Although on Fridays they have the Klipa Friday which is a R100 special where one can get four wraps, two smoked chicken and two boerewors and 1L free of the in-house cocktail.
The restaurant is located on municipal land, so Sibeko doesn’t pay rent but had to apply for a work permit to operate there. “I pay for electricity and water,” she says. Thobs Wraps opens every day from 09h00 to 18h00. “I have invested in gas equipment, we make the wraps manually when there is no electricity, that’s how we started anyways, so it takes us back to humble beginnings,” the owner says of how she counters the persistent blackouts from Eskom.
The business currently employs three people and Sibeko says her biggest challenge though is the inflation. “The price increase in oil, petrol, food is a real challenge as we also need to increase our prices to stay afloat.” This is made worse because she doesn’t get any assistance from the government.
Find out more about the business here