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Margaritaville to Open in Mall of America

posted October 7th, 2015 at 10:15 pm

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Jimmy Buffett will open a Margaritaville restaurant in the largest mall in the United States:

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain has signed a lease at Mall of America and plans to open this spring.

The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will serve — you guessed it, margaritas — but also the Cheeseburger in Paradise (named after the song of the same name), Volcano nachos (also named after a song), buttermilk fried chicken and drunken shrimp skillets.

The Mall of America restaurant will be on the east wing’s third floor, near Crayola’s new attraction and store and the relocated Rainforest Cafe.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville has 22 restaurants open across the world and a few more coming soon.

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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort ‘Soft Opening’ Tuesday

posted September 21st, 2015 at 11:10 pm

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The Sun Sentinel reports that Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort will have a “soft opening” on Tuesday with an official opening on October 1st.

(photo Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel)

The new 349-room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort will have a “soft opening” Tuesday, welcoming a 150-person corporate group and its first leisure customers, General Manager Cate Farmer said Monday.

More people will begin arriving Oct. 1, the resort’s official opening day, Farmer said. Before then, walk-in reservations may be accepted if rooms are available.

The announcement, a long-held secret, came during a media tour of the $175 million resort, which includes 178 king rooms, 155 queen rooms and 14 suites, along with the Jimmy Buffett Presidential Suite and the Coral Reefer Suite, which will occupy the penthouse level.

Rates for Oct. 1 start at $206.10 for a king room with a view of the Intracoastal Waterway, purchased in advance, according to the resort’s website. A king room with an ocean view goes for $224.10. Regular rates begin at $259 a night.

A $15 daily resort fee also applies, covering free Wi-Fi, use of the fitness center, two beach chairs and umbrella, bottled water, in-room coffee and local phone calls.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

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Huge Margaritaville Resort Coming to Orlando

posted August 12th, 2015 at 8:17 pm

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by Josh

Soon there will be more than just a Margaritaville restaurant in Orlando. A lot more. A “Margaritavillage,” consisting of a hotel, vacation homes, retail space, water park, and a lot more will be built on 300 acres near Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

A new resort called Margaritavillage, which will include a hotel, more than 1,000 vacation homes and condos, retail and a beach area, will open in Osceola County in 2017, its developers said Wednesday.

The Margaritavillage hotel is expected to have 175 to 300 rooms and would include a lake with a dedicated beach area and a regional water park. A “lagoon-sized” pool is also planned, said Bagley.

The development plans also include a “FinCity” arcade, a St. Somewhere Spa, a planetarium, a Son of a Sailor fishing school, paddle boarding and kayaking.

Additionally, 170,000 square feet of retail space will be built. No brands have been announced, but Bagley said there’s been strong demand for leasing information.

Encore will develop and own food-and-beverage options, which have not been detailed, at the resort. Plans do not include building a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant, said Bagley. There’s a Margaritaville restaurant at Universal Orlando CityWalk, near the entrance of the Island of Adventure theme park.

Site preparation is underway, and developers expect to begin vertical construction in the third quarter of 2016. All phases of the project will be under construction at the same time.

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Margaritaville Retail Line Launching on HSN Today

posted July 3rd, 2015 at 10:23 am

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Margaritaville and HSN announce the launch of Margaritaville-branded merchandise, including a mix of Margaritaville’s best-selling products and exclusive items created specifically for HSN shoppers. The launch coincides with HSN’s month-long 38th Birthday celebration and features a series of “5 O’clock Somewhere” shows each Friday, starting at 5pm ET! The first 5 O’Clock Somewhere show will also feature Radio Margaritaville’s very own Kirsten!

Shop the collection online here and be sure to tune in online to watch the first 5 O’clock Somewhere show today at 5pm ET!

Paradise will soon arrive at HSN, Inc. through an expansive new partnership with Margaritaville Enterprises that will bring an impressive range of Margaritaville-inspired culinary, home, electronics, beauty and apparel products to HSN and HSNi’s Cornerstone division brands, Frontgate and TravelSmith. The largest partnership of the year for HSNi, this new collaboration represents a dynamic new distribution platform for the fast-growing Margaritaville brand, which is influenced by the laid-back, island way of life where “it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.”

“We’re thrilled to launch this new partnership with HSNi and provide millions of new consumers the opportunity to experience the Margaritaville way of life, wherever their current latitude,” said John Cohlan, CEO, Margaritaville Enterprises. “From our island-inspired home décor and entertaining products to our frozen concoction makers and apparel, each item in the collection embodies escapism, relaxation, paradise and the Margaritaville state of mind.”

The Margaritaville-HSNi partnership officially launches today with an assortment of 142 home products appearing on the Frontgate website. This will be supported with a Frontgate catalog mailing to 10 million U.S. homes. In mid-May, HSNi’s TravelSmith brand, will offer its customers a curated mix of apparel, swimwear and accessories for both men and women on the TravelSmith website and within its catalog, just in time for the summer travel season.

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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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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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