Usain Bolt’s bringing his Jamaican jerk fast food chain to the UK


The fastest man in the world is bringing the fastest* fast food chain abroad.

Usain Bolt retired from professional racing at the end of July and since then has been moving at a Bolt-esque pace into fast food franchising. Specifically, he’s taken the steps to franchise his Jamaican jerk stop in Kingston and open 15 locations to the UK over the next five years.

*Totally unconfirmed; maybe even immeasurable.

The first Tracks & Records, as it’s called, opened in Kingston in 2011, with a second location in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. On a timetable TBD, Bolt will now bring 15 new locations to the UK. To pull this off, Bolt’s partnering with Franjam, a Jamaican franchise company, and Middlesex-based SME Group.

If you want to get on this — perhaps bring a Track & Records to the United States, eh? — there’s also an option on the restaurant’s website to reach about franchising a restaurant.

Tracks & Records’ slogan is “Taste Real Jamaican Vibes” and the menu is not messing around. In addition to what you would expect (jerk pork, janga doup, a variety of crock pots), you can also indulge is Bolt’s own creations (“burgers a la Usain”), according to the Caterer magazine.

In a statement to the magazine, 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 for giving us the opportunity to share our vision and our culture with you all."

UK tabloid The Mirror thinks it will be chain to rival Nando’s and while that take seems wildly derivative, we have to hope that Tracks & Record will follow the South African-born Portuguese peri-peri peddling chicken spot’s lead in making moves to America.

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Until then, you’ll just have to speed on over to England.