Video: Boxer Amir Khan opens Vegas-style fast food restaurant in Barking
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Boxer Amir Khan proved a big hit when he visited a new fast food restaurant aiming to “bring Vegas to Barking”.
The New York Subs and Shakes restaurant, in Longbridge Road, Barking, is the brainchild of businessman Nabil Ditta, a good friend of welterweight fighter Khan.
But the Bolton-born boxer, who came fresh from a big win in Las Vegas last month, admitted he wouldn’t be able to eat much of the ice creams, milkshakes and cakes at his fingertips owing to his strict training regime.
“I have tried a few ice creams and stuff but I have to watch my weight because I’m training as well, so I can’t really go crazy,” he said, adding the new diner was “something that Barking needed” and “great for the community”.
Fans of the 27-year-old flocked to the American-themed venue, next to Barking Station, which includes references to popular sitcom Happy Days, vintage cars and even a flashing Statue of Liberty sign.
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“People are telling me you’re bringing Las Vegas to Barking,” said owner Nabil, who met Khan while a student in Manchester some six years ago through mutual friends. He added: “There’s nothing like it in Barking.”
The venue, which opens to the public on Saturday, has been home to an estate agent for the last few years. Also owned by Nabil, it remains within the building but has moved downstairs.
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Supporters of Khan will be pleased to hear he plans to fight in England again soon, last taking to the ring here some 15 months ago.
Following a new addition to the family in baby girl Lamysa, born on May 23, Khan said her birth had “only made me train harder and be more focused on my job”.
Click the link below to see a gallery of pictures of Amir Khan’s visit to Barking.