Is there a new success in athletes and restaurant owning?
Owning a restaurant is not easy and costs the owners a lot of money for capital and operational expenditures. That’s why there are many restaurants which are ‘one hit wonders’ who only survive a year if that much after the ‘grand opening’. While everyone wants to own a restaurant — as they want to bring their own unique style to the food-loving population— much planning and execution has to go into it before it can become successful.
What is driving the trend of athletes starting up restaurants— this is the buzz in the Jamaican entrepreneur spectrum? Do they put their fame and fortune to good use, knowing that they will be as successful as they were on the field or track?
Let’s look at a few recent ones:
Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records
Taken from Tracks and Records (www.tracksandrecords.com)
Our goal is to deliver a memorable experience to all customers… each and every time! With dedication and hard work we have become the premier location for entertainment-loving Usain Bolt fans from Jamaica and across the globe.
Our flagship Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records is now open in The Marketplace on Constant Spring Road and its almost stadium-like presence occupies over 7,000 square feet of space. Our unique and vast Jamaican fusion menu has people coming back for their mouthwatering favorites!
In addition to multiple bar & lounge areas and dining destinations, the signature Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records boasts a mezzanine, VIP areas, hi-tech booth seating, and a retail shop that carries exclusive Brand Bolt products.
The overall décor features are the fundamentals of brand Jamaica, with a contemporary sophistication, which takes patrons on a journey from old school Jamaican culture to the most modern Audio-Visual experience. The brands unique décor reflects the offering’s dual sports and music concept – playing on the “tracks” run on and the “records” broken by Usain Bolt, as well as on the ‘tracks and records’ which are key elements of music.
We have over 200 seats where patrons may dine, enjoy sporting events and a host of other activities – every seat in the house the best seat for any event. It does not hurt that we have over 45 flat screens ranging from 32inches to a 20 feet wide screen!
Courtney Walsh’s Cuddy’z
Taken from Cuddy’z (www.cuddyzsportsbar.com)
Cuddy’z is owned by former International and West Indian Cricketer Ambassador Courtney A. Walsh. He represented the West Indies from 1984 to 2001, captaining the West Indies in 22 test matches and went on to claim 519 Test wickets at an average of 24.4.
In 2004, Courtney, fulfilling one of his long time dreams, opened and now captains Cuddy’z Sports bar in his hometown Kingston, Jamaica. At Cuddy’z, we are serious about sports, with over 25 flat screens we can’t guarantee your team will win, but we can make sure you have fun watching!
Great Food, Great Fun, Great Vibez!
Our menu has something for everyone; Cuddy’z Caribbean Fusion Cuisine is very reflective of Courtney’s travels; our menu is driven by uncompromising freshness and quality. Our Signature choices, such as, Mama Walsh Stew Peas, Jerk Chicken Pasta or Cuddy’z 519 Burger; we aim to score home runs with every dining experience. Courtney’s passion for sport is now possibly surpassed by our passion to serve. Our passionate employees love what they do and take your enjoyment personally.
Chris Gayle’s Triple Century
Taken from www.netsearchjamaica.com
The Chris Gayle owned sports bar is located at 69 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston – formerly the Asylum nightclub. The decor is very stylish and trendy with table and chair seating arrangements, booths as well as a swanky VIP area. There is something for everyone on their menu – selections range from – pastas, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, steaks, salads and desserts to die for.
We are open every day, so there is no excuse for you to not swing by.
Upon entering Triple Century you are greeted by their beautiful hostesses who are always beaming with bright smiles. Chris Gayle is an ‘explosive’ batsman and he is all about the party so you can expect to relax and be entertained by their musical selections.
Decor is absolutely stylish and there several large 55-inch television sets strategically located around the bar.
They have a lunch menu along with daily lunch specials. Not sure what to drink or want something special? The bartenders are up for the challenge and they will WOW you.
It is evident that these restaurant owners are taking Jamaican cuisine and entertainment by storm. Hopefully they will carry on their legacy years and years to come.
By Alexadra Daley