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Saucy business: Levi Roots to open east London restaurant

NEW VENTURE: Reggae Reggae sauce creator, author and restaurant owner Levi Roots

REGGAE REGGAE Sauce creator Levi Roots is set to open up a new Caribbean restaurant in Europe's biggest shopping centre later this year.

Eight years since he rose to fame after strumming his guitar on Dragon’s Den, the chef and cookbook writer has revealed plans to open a new restaurant in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre.

Due to launch in November, it will be called Levi Roots’ Caribbean Smokehouse and has been developed in partnership with Las Iguanas co-founder Eren Ali, reported The Evening Standard.

Roots said: “Now that we have built such a strong reputation for the Levi Roots brand it feels like the right time to open a restaurant to give even more people the chance to enjoy genuine Caribbean cooking.”

He also tweeted: "It's not a restaurant, it's a RASTA'URANT! Yes!"

The Smokehouse is not Roots' first venture into the restaurant territory.

Roots opened Papine Jerk Centre in Battersea, south London, in 2007, which was used as a community hub in the area and supplied lunches for nearby schools.

But he announced in 2013 that he'd be closing it down to work on other business opportunities.

The businessman recently joined The Voice newspaper, with a fortnightly food column offering culinary tips and recipes.

In his first column, the entrepreneur shared the story behind his recipe for ackee and saltfish.

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