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Usain Bolt Is Opening a Restaurant in London

Tracks and Records will open in east London next month

Olympic athlete and the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt will open his first London restaurant next month
Tracks and Records [Official Photo]

Triple Olympic gold medalist and fastest man in history Usain Bolt has announced that he will open a new Jamaican bar, restaurant, and “late lounge,” called Tracks & Records, on Middlesex Street in east London on Wednesday 10 October. It wants to offer “an authentic slice of Jamaica in the heart of the capital,” a short walk from Liverpool Street station in the heart of the City.

It appears that the plans first mooted last August — when Bolt’s company was reported to be planning a franchise agreement between Franjam and Casual Dining Group — have changed a little.

In the restaurant announced this morning, Bolt and his partners in this venture — Kingston Live Entertainment (KLE) — will serve classic Jamaican dishes, “Bolt’s favourites,” no less, such as jerk chicken and pork, and fried fish and bammy (cassava flatbread.)

The space — split across two floors, including a bar, dancefloor and club — will be decked out in Bolt’s sports memorabilia and a showcase live reggae and dub sets from some of the leading DJs on the U.K. circuit.

The owners say the rum bar will offer a collection of over 150 global rums, with 100 coming from Jamaica.

About the London opening, Bolt said: “London is my second home and a place very close to my heart — so it’s brilliant to be sharing a taste of Jamaica in the capital.” While Gary Matalon of KLE Group, said: “After much success with our Track & Records restaurants, we’re delighted to be opening in the U.K.”

It is the first outpost of Tracks & Records in the U.K.; with three other sites already operating in Kingston, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay.

The space will be open from 11am until midnight Monday to Wednesday; until 1am Thursday to Saturday and from 10am to 9.30pm on Sunday.

More soon.