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Jimmy Has Cameo in ‘Jurassic World’

posted June 13th, 2015 at 11:23 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett has a cameo in the new Jurassic World movie:

You might not recognize him at first, but according to the film’s production designer, Buffett was double-fisting liquor and mugging for the camera as the sky fell down around him. “It’s just a little tiny bit when the Pteranodons start to attack and you see him running, and he’s holding a couple of margaritas,” Edward Verreaux told Yahoo Movies earlier this week. “He’s trying to gingerly keep the margaritas safe.”

There’s no photographic evidence of Buffett in the movie yet, but we did discover a shot of him deep within the Jurassic World website, where you can see him having a typically joyful time during a marketing photo shoot.

So, how did the 68-year-old rock legend get so involved with the movie?

Buffett has been friends with Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall for over 30 years, and they frequently work together. Buffett acted in and provided music for the 2011 Marshall-produced family film Hoot, and he had a cameo in the Marshall-directed 1995 movie Congo. The two also partnered on a Facebook game back in 2013, appropriately titled Margaritaville.



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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Looking to Fill 300 Jobs

posted June 11th, 2015 at 10:56 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Hotel is looking to fill hundreds of jobs before it opens this fall:

Tim Arnold, director of food and beverage at the Jimmy Buffett-inspired resort, said he is looking to fill about 300 jobs for the 349-room hotel and its eight restaurant and bar venues.

Hundreds of applicants are expected to participate in the resort’s hiring event June 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, 4600 Hillcrest Drive in Hollywood.

Arnold told the South Florida Business Journal that job seekers will be placed in a “dynamic” environment at the event to see how they respond to the Margaritaville vibe, while still maintaining their professionalism. He said they should also bring resumes and be prepared to talk about their past work experience.

“We’re not hung up on the dress code,” Arnold said about the event. “We’re focused more on personality, enthusiasm.”

Margaritaville Hollywood expects to hire people from all hospitality backgrounds, Arnold said, from previous amusement park workers to luxury hotel workers and others.

Read more at the South Florida Business Journal.


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Margaritaville New Orleans is Changing Locations

posted June 5th, 2015 at 9:47 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe in New Orleans will close on June 30th, but reopen later this year or early next year in a new location.

Today Margaritaville New Orleans announced that the restaurant, bar and live music venue will move from their current address at 1104 Decatur Street to a new location on upper Decatur. The new venue is currently in the design stage, with construction scheduled to begin later this year.

“We will always have a presence in the city that gave Jimmy his start. Margaritaville has had an awesome 22 year run on Decatur Street and we are not done yet,” said Bret Brown, Margaritaville’s Director of Domestic Operations. “We have made the decision to vacate our current location on lower Decatur before completion of our new property in the interest of making way for another namesake live music venue, BB Kings, to become the next tenant at the historic Storyville Music Hall location.”



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Book Your Room at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

posted May 20th, 2015 at 9:22 am

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The new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Florida is now taking reservations, with the first date available as October 1st (though the firm opening date may change slightly).

Rates at the 349-room resort on the Broadwalk begin at $259 a night, a hotel spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The resort includes 151 king rooms, 154 queen rooms and 44 suites, along with the Jimmy Buffett Suite and the Coral Reefer Suite, which will occupy the penthouse level of the 17-story resort.

The $147 million Margaritaville, at Johnson Street and State Road A1A, will include eight restaurants and bars, oceanside pools, a FlowRider wave ride, spa and fitness center and 30,000 square feet of convention space.

“We look forward to welcoming our first guests,” General Manager Cate Farmer said in a news release Tuesday.

Reservations are being accepted for stays starting Oct. 1, but the date will be adjusted when a firm opening date is set, the spokewoman said.

So far, the Margaritaville has said only that it will open in “summer 2015.” Hotel developer Lon Tabatchnick told city commissioners in April that Margaritaville could open after mid-July and before Labor Day, if all goes as planned.

You can book a room by calling 1-844-5OCLOCK (844-562-5625) or online at www.MargaritavilleResorts.com


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Sip & Sing Your Way to Paradise with Jimmy’s Island Tea

posted May 14th, 2015 at 5:41 pm

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Tradewinds®, a brand inspired by a family tradition of real brewed sweet tea, will give fans a reason to sing this summer by announcing the launch of the Sip & Sing Your Way to Paradise™ tour and karaoke contest. Both initiatives will support the launch of the new Tradewinds® Jimmy Buffett’s Island Tea, a line of tropical-flavored ready-to-drink iced teas now available in select grocery, mass and convenience stores.

The Sip & Sing Tour will follow Jimmy Buffett’s “Workin’ n’ Playin’” concert series this summer and engage with fans through on-site sampling, a karaoke activation, and paradise-worthy giveaways.

The nationwide karaoke contest kicked off on Thursday, May 7th at 12:00 AM CT/1:00 AM ET. Fans are encouraged to submit their best rendition of Jimmy’s classic hit song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” at www.tradewindstea.com/jimmybuffett. At the end of the summer, the top 25 finalists will be awarded amazing prizes, including one grand prize trip to Margaritaville’s new flagship luxury resort in Hollywood, FL; two runner-up trips to Las Vegas, NV for a Jimmy Buffett VIP experience; a year supply of Tradewinds® Jimmy Buffett’s Island Tea; and paradise packs filled with goodies for kicking back!


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Air Margaritaville Restaurant Coming to Miami International Airport

posted March 12th, 2015 at 8:22 pm

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by Josh

Next month, air travelers moving through Miami International Airport will have a new dining option: Air Margaritaville restaurant.

The Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville eatery is set to open this summer on the second level of the airport’s Central Terminal, offering a menu of island-themed seafood, burgers, salads, sandwiches and tropical drinks.

Both restaurants will be located before security in the Central Terminal, giving all airport guests to access to the new offerings.

“Margaritaville and Viena are ideal fits for our airport customers and our community,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González, in a statement. “Miami is the front door to the Florida Keys and the Caribbean, so the laid-back island lifestyle that Margaritaville represents is very familiar to locals. Likewise, Brazil is MIA’s top international market, so bringing in a popular brand that has served Brazilian diners for 40 years is a move that’s sure to resonate with our customers.”

The restaurants will be run by a U.S.-based subsidiary of Brazil’s leading multi-brand restaurant operator, IMC, airport officials said.




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