His triple triumph in Beijing was fuelled by chicken nuggets and now Usain Bolt is hoping to bring some of his magic to his favourite type of food.
The world’s fastest man, who retired from athletics at the world championship in London last weekend, is eyeing a new career in the restaurant business and has chosen the UK as his first battleground.
Jamaican franchise company Franjam, in which Bolt is a partner, has reportedly signed a deal with Middlesex-based SME Group to launch 15 Tracks and Records restaurants across the UK over the next five years.
The chain will offer his favourite Jamaican cuisine such as janga soup and jerk pork
Bolt, 30, 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.’
The chain will offer his favourite Jamaican cuisine such as janga soup, jerk pork, pan chicken, rice and peas, and meat and fish crock pots.
Bolt appears to be having no trouble adjusting to retired life after he was pictured partying hard at exclusive London nightclubs after his final race last week.
The Jamaican continued to mark the end of his athletics career with a lavish champagne-fuelled party in Cirque Le Soir in Soho, which served as his official ‘retirement do’.
Footage from inside the club show the sprinting sensation posing with a jeroboam of fizz, surrounded by glamorous dancers and revellers, including his girlfriend Kasi Bennett.
He later posted a video on Instagram showing the crowd dancing and chanting along to the DJ, while clutching bottles of the GH Mumm champagne – by whom he is sponsored – complete with sparklers.
Usain Bolt appears to be having no trouble adjusting to retired life after partying at yet another exclusive London nightclub for the second night on the trot (pictured)
Pictures taken inside the club show the sprinting sensation posing with a jeroboam of fizz, surrounded by glamorous dancers and revellers
Bolt – who was wearing a denim jacket and a baseball cap – and his girlfriend arrived at the venue at 1.40am on August 15, before leaving again around two hours later.
The night before, the runner partied until the early hours at London nightclub Libertine, just hours after he bade farewell to the sport in London.
He was spotted leaving the club with Kasi at 4.30am after spending three hours in the swanky Soho hangout.
Last year, Bolt, no stranger to the London party scene, ran up a staggering £12,000 bar bill at the nightclub during his week-long celebration in the capital to mark his ‘triple-triple’ success at the Rio Olympics.
Onlookers said Bolt was with around 15 people and ordered two bottles of Hennessy cognac, 15 bottles of Dom Perignon Rosé and a huge bottle of Cîroc vodka.
Bolt is pictured arriving at Cirque Le Soir with his girlfriend last night (left and right)
The runner appeared to let his hair down and later posted pictures on Instagram from inside the club
Bolt smiled and laughed as he arrived at the Soho club (left) at 1.40am for his official ‘retirement do’. He is pictured leaving later (right)
Instagram footage shows the crowd dancing and chanting along to the DJ, while clutching bottles of the GH Mumm champagne – by whom Bolt is sponsored – complete with sparklers
The sprinter also got on the microphone to rap and MC, witnesses said.
Despite the disappointing end to his glittering career Bolt has been in typical party mood in London.
Before his final race on Saturday night Bolt was pictured drinking rum and cognac at an all-night barbecue.
Bolt drank glasses of Hennessy cognac and Wray and Nephew rum at the party to celebrate the life of his close friend Germaine Mason, who died in April after a motorcycle accident.
Last Saturday night, Bolt brought the curtain down on his career in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable, collapsing to the track with injury, diagnosed as a hamstring cramp, as he ran the anchor leg for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team.
The crowd was pictured dancing along to a DJ and filming Bolt as he partied at the event
Usain Bolt pictured leaving his London hotel in a Jamaica tracksuit after his final race
Bolt brought the curtain down on his glittering career in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable, collapsing to the track with injury
Bolt made sure to send the fans at the London Stadium home happy by striking some of his famous celebratory poses
The eight-time Olympic gold medallist dramatically pulled up injured 50 metres from the line.
It meant the 19-time global champion’s final championships ended without another gold after he could only manage bronze in the 100m.
Last Sunday, Bolt then bade farewell to his adoring fans in the stadium with a victory lap and looked visibly emotional as he struck some of his famous celebratory poses one last time.
‘I was saying goodbye to everything. I almost cried. It was close, but it didn’t come’, he said. It’s really sad that I have to walk away now.’
The week before, Bolt was beaten in the individual 100m event by controversial US runner Justin Gatlin, who has twice been banned for doping.
The 30-year-old got over that disappointment by partying in the VIP area of The Box Soho until 5am, a burlesque-themed club popular with celebrities and once visited by Prince Harry.