Liverpool FC legend John Barnes and Rumal Rackley, son of musician and activist Gil Scott-Heron, openied a new restaurant in Liverpool 8.
They joined Liverpool Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne to officially open Marley’s Restaurant Bar and Grill, in Lodge Lane on Monday 24 August.
Marley’s has been created by two local young men Kareem Desmond and Marcus Temple who have converted the former Masonic Arms into the restaurant which celebrates Liverpool’s Caribbean heritage.
Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and chair of the 1578 partnership, said: “We are delighted that John Barnes and Rumal Rackley are joining us for this opening.
“Marley’s is a fantastic new venture. We have been encouraging new businesses, especially food outlets, to open in the Lodge Lane area – it is really becoming a haven for foodies.
“It is really encouraging that it is two local men who have opened this new restaurant which adds to the vibrancy of a rapidly-improving area.
“And they are determined to provide employment for local people helping in the regeneration of this area.”
Val Watson manager of Marley’s said: ” As Bob Marley said ‘We can make it work by coming together let’s make it work.'”
Rumal Rackley is visiting Liverpool for a programme of events centred around International Slavery Remembrance Day. This includes the screening of the film “Who is Gil Scott-Heron at Fact on22 August and a Liverpool International Music Festival Commission “The Revolution Will Be Live – a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron” at St George’s Hall on 27 August.