Usain Bolt to share ‘taste of Jamaica’ with restaurant openings

Bolt is currently competing in the IAAF World Championships and tomorrow (12 August) runs in his final ever race
11/08/2017 - 09:32
A Jamaican restaurant chain which has Usain Bolt as one of its key partners is set to launch in the UK after signing a ‘major contract' with the Casual Dining Restaurant Group (CDRG).

Track & Records, owned by the Jamaican franchise company, FRANJAM, plans on opening 15 restaurants across the UK over the next five years.

Eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Bolt, said: “I’m happy to be able to share a taste of the Jamaica that I know and love with the rest of the world through the opening of these restaurants across the UK.

“London has always been a special place for me and I thank Aly [Esmail] and CDRG for giving us the opportunity to share our vision and our culture with you all.”

Track & Records started operations in Kingston, Jamaica, in April 2011 and is described as an authentic Jamaican experience made up of a mix of Jamaican cuisine and entertainment.

FRANJAM's managing director, Gary Matalon, said: “For us this is a significant milestone in the company's development.  When we created the Tracks & Records concept it was done with these major markets in mind. 

"The UK has been a key target market for us since the conceptualization stage over seven years ago and there is no greater satisfaction than to see it unfold in this way."

CDRG chief executive and company director, Esmail, said he was pleased with the addition of Tracks & Records to the its portfolio of 120 restaurants and hotels.

“We are pleased to add this incredible Jamaican brand to our growing number of franchises across the world. This partnership with Usain Bolt and the Tracks & Records brand will allow us to introduce an experience to our markets here in the UK that is as close as it gets to actually visiting the island and will give them a real taste of Jamaica,” said Esmail.

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