Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Usain Bolt is in full support of Chris Gayle's attempt at branching out into business. Bolt, who was very attentive at the launch of Triple Century Sports Bar and Restaurant in the heart of New Kingston, told Entertainment he respected what Gayle was doing and that rather than competing against each other, business establishments should focus on helping to create job opportunities for Jamaicans.
"I think because we are involved in sports it's only right for us to open sports bars or restaurants to let people come and be a part of the experience of what we do. And not just track and field or cricket but other forms of sports as well," said Bolt, who owns Tracks and Records inside The Marketplace on Constant Spring Road.
Gayle officially opened the doors to Triple Century on Wednesday with an event that was supported by various sports and media personalities, including Bolt and Courtney Walsh who operates Cuddy'z Sports Bar around the corner.
Upon entering Triple Century, patrons were greeted by beautiful women dressed in Triple Century-branded attire, after which patrons were treated to samples of food as well as alcohol on the house.
The volume dial on the musical instruments were kept low, though it was loud enough to hear the sounds of Chronixx and Iba MaHr chanting from the roof-high speakers.
The sports bar and restaurant was decked with chairs, candle-lit tables and huge plasma-screen-televisions.
Gayle was out early and was spotted meeting and greeting his colleagues and well wishers before taking to the mic.
"I really want to say thanks for turning out. A lot of people are speculating that 'Chris you an Cuddy a war now' or 'Chris yu an Usain a war now', but it's nothing like that, Cuddy, I will still come eat by you and Usain, I will still come and eat by you," said Gayle, laying to bed the argument that his restaurant's proximity to Cuddyz may be a problem.
"We are living as one entertainment community. I also want to thank my staff. I know it took a lot of hard work, especially because some of them are new. I also want to thank my management. They played a big part and my sponsors Digicel and Heineken - and tomorrow we open at 11 a.m.," he said.
Digicel's sponsorship manager, Tahnida Nunes, commented on the company's partnership with Triple Century Sports Bar and Restaurant, saying her organisation was in complete support of Gayle because the company always stands behind its brand ambassadors.