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Margaritaville Restaurant in NYC Falls Through, For Now

posted January 11th, 2017 at 8:36 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was hoping to bring a Margaritaville restaurant to New York City but the plans appear to have fallen through for now, according to the NY Post.

A much-touted prospective deal for Buffett to launch a New York outpost of his “concept” eatery at the landmark Brill Building at 1619 Broadway at 49th Street has collapsed, multiple sources said.

The talks were closely watched as a bellwether of “experiential” retail north of Times Square. Broadway is marred by yawning retail vacancies between 49th and 58th streets.

It was widely reported last year that a lease was all but signed for a multi-level Margaritaville eating-entertainment complex in the Brill Building, once home to the nation’s songwriting royalty and to Jack Dempsey’s steak house.

However, the deal fell through when pharmacy chain CVS recently inked a deal for the entire second floor. Margaritaville had wanted that floor as well as part of the ground floor and the rooftop.

It was known since last summer that CVS was in talks with Brill’s owners — but for elsewhere in the building.

An insider told us, “What happened is strange. They’re still pitching Buffett on a Margaritaville deal somewhere in the building.” The source added skeptically, “But it’s back to square one.”

Read the full story.


Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Cafes



Margaritaville Key West Resort Coming

posted January 11th, 2017 at 1:07 pm

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by Josh Martin

KeysNews.com reports that the Westin Resort and Marina in Key West will be rebranded as the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

The resort’s website is already live at www.margaritavillekeywestresort.com and is accepting booking reservations now.

Ideally located right on the waterfront of Old Town Key West, just steps from the famous Mallory Square, and one block from Duval Street is the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina – a hub of relaxation and luxury in the middle of all of the excitement that Key West is famous for.

Experience the beauty of the sparkling sea, access to water sports, and endless dining, shopping, and entertainment options all just steps away. Our marina is one of the three cruise ports in Key West welcoming cruise ships from around the world. Cruise ships are typically docked from 7am to sunset with the rare ship visit later or overnight.

Dine on fresh island cuisine, indoors, on a deck, or oceanside. Sip a cocktail and lounge by our outdoor pool surrounded by lush native plants, or take a launch to the nearby private beach on Sunset Key. Rejuvenation awaits in the serenity of our massage studio.

(hat tip Doug)


Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Hotel



Buffett to Play Bluesfest in Australia

posted January 10th, 2017 at 8:04 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will head to Australia on April 14th to perform at the Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Bluesfest is thrilled to be starting the New Year on a high by announcing the King of Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers will be performing exclusively in Australia at Bluesfest in 2017. Could there be a location more perfect for an artist famous for hits such as ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’, ‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes’ and of course the classic Margaritaville. Bluesfest can’t wait for his fans to enjoy these hits plus many more just outside of idyllic Byron Bay.

Other acts slated to play Bluesfest include Santana, Patti Smith, the Doobie Brothers, The Lumineers, St Paul & the Broken Bones, and Mary J. Blige.

Get ticket information here.


Tagged in International, Tickets, Tour Dates



US Appeals Court Cites Buffett Song in Case

posted January 10th, 2017 at 10:13 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” is not only known around the world as a song and a brand, it’s now being used in federal court!

A Virginia man who wants to open a tattoo parlor in Key West can thank Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” for helping him with his latest court case.

City officials twice referenced the song in opposition to Brad Buehrle’s proposal for a new tattoo shop, saying drunken tourists would be more likely to get tattoos and then regret it if more ink shops were open in Key West’s historic district.

But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the city misunderstood the song lyrics in which the narrator reflects on a brand new tattoo – but how the “Mexican cutie” got there, “I haven’t a clue.”

The judges wrote in a footnote to their ruling that the character in the song deems his new tattoo “a real beauty” and seems far from embarrassed about it.

The appeals court ruled last week that the city failed to show that more tattoo shops would erode the historic district’s “character and fabric,” The Key West Citizen reported.

According to the ruling, the city feared that “rash tourists will obtain regrettable tattoos, leading to negative association with Key West.”

Tattoo parlors were banned within Key West city limits until 2007, when the city amended zoning rules to allow a limited number of them.

Currently, two tattoo shops operate there and “the city concedes the absence of any ill effect as a result” of them, according to the ruling.

Read the full article.


Tagged in In The News, Politics



Escape to Margaritaville Musical to Play Additional Cities

posted January 9th, 2017 at 8:43 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s upcoming musical “Escape to Margaritaville” will make additional stops this year on its way to Broadway in 2018.

The show will have its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA, in May 2017.

The current engagements are as follows:

May 9–June 25, world premiere
La Jolla Playhouse
Mandell Weiss Theatre
2910 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA

October 20–28, pre-Broadway tour premiere
East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA

October 31–November 5
BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center
800 Bagby Street
Houston, TX

November 9–December 3
Broadway In Chicago
Oriental Theatre
24 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

“It’s always been a dream of mine to make it to Broadway!” said Buffett in a statement. “After our world premiere this May in La Jolla, we’ll set sail from California on a pre-Broadway national tour stopping first in the city that gave me my start-New Orleans, then to some of my other favorites—Houston and Chicago—before arriving at that port of all ports, Broadway and New York City.”

As previously reported, Christopher Ashley, the Tony-nominated director behind Memphis and The Rocky Horror Show, will direct the new musical, which features an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) and Mike O’Malley (Survivor’s Remorse, Shameless).

Read more at Playbill.


Tagged in Musicals



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