Jimmy Buffett is considering opening a Margaritaville restaurant in Byron Bay, Australia, according to NorthernStar.com:
Speaking from Palm Beach, Florida, ahead of his Bluesfest appearance in April, the singer said he will be scouting suitable locations for a possible business venture.
“Byron Bay is such a unique place to me,” he said.
“I’d like to look at some opportunities while I’m there.”
Mr Buffett said he would also be open to discuss a partnership with local businesspeople.
“If there was anybody interested, I would certainly be interested,” he said.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a United States-based casual dining restaurant chain and a chain of stores selling Jimmy Buffett-themed merchandise.
It is owned by Buffettand named after his hit song Margaritaville.
Asked on what type of set up would he be scouting for, Jimmy Buffett said it has to be a venue that suits the Byron Bay style.
“It doesn’t matter what size it is, I’d love to have a spot there just to get on the map, but it’s not about how large it is, it’s how it fits in with the rest of the community,” he said.
“It has to fit in with what I think it’s a wonderful kind of atmosphere that I associate with Byron Bay.”
Jimmy Buffett will perform a free show, albeit invite-only, later this month to mark the opening of his first Margaritaville in California, and you can win tickets! Click here to enter!
Jimmy Buffett is to perform an exclusive free concert at the grand opening of his Margaritaville restaurant at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles.
The show, on March 30, will take place at the newly opened eatery, the chain’s first in California. The intimate performance is by invite-only but fans can enter to win tickets to the intimate performance on the Margaritaville stage online here.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings is planning to open Latitude Margaritaville, a 55-year and older community in Daytona, Florida.
Plans for a 55-and-older Margaritaville-themed community are barely off the drawing board, but the spirit of the Jimmy Buffett song that inspired the project was evident in a welcome celebration on Thursday at LPGA International Golf Club.
The invitation-only party marked this week’s announcement by Canadian developer Minto Communities that Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company will be a strategic partner in developing Latitude Margaritaville, a planned 6,900-home community for 55-and-older residents on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95.
The first homes are expected to be ready for move in by fall 2018, said William Bullock, a senior vice president with Minto. A sales center along LPGA Boulevard next to the Halifax Humane Society is expected to be open by this fall, with models available to tour by January 2018, Bullock said.
The community is being designed to reflect Buffett’s well-known tropical vibe, including the look and feel of its homes, which will feature an Old Florida/Key West architectural style, Bullock said.
More info at latitudemargaritaville.com
Jimmy Buffett was in Tulsa on Saturday to perform a show at the grand opening of his Margaritaville Casino at River Spirit Resort Casino. Tulsa World has more:
“To the city of Tulsa, it’s great to not only play here, but to be part of the city,” Buffett said to the nearly 3,000 Parrotheads in attendance at the new River Spirit Casino Resort venue, Paradise Cove.
Saturday served as a grand opening party for the Margaritaville addition to the River Spirit Casino Resort, a feather in the cap of a $365 million renovation that has opened in stages over the last six months, starting with the Margaritaville casino and restaurant, then the hotel tower and music venue.
“One year ago today, we stood by as we laid the top beam on the hotel,” said Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd. “We have a lot to celebrate today.”
And there was plenty of celebrating going on Saturday afternoon at the concert pre-party. The facility’s new ballroom was transformed into a tropical vision, with brightly colored flowers and beach balls, colorful drinks and colorful people itching to party, along with city and community leaders including Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, Tulsa Regional Chamber CEO Mike Neal and Muscogee (Creek) Nation, city and county officials.
Read more here.
photo Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World
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.
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)