Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino at River Spirit in Tulsa, Oklahoma held a topping off ceremony last Friday as the final floor of the tower was put in place.
In a topping-off ceremony, a native tree is often chosen by builders of tall buildings to be placed at the top of a building in a show of respect for the land. In this case, nothing could have been more appropriate than a palm tree riding a steal beam to the 27th and final floor marking the completion of the frame of the new addition to the complex.
The expansion and new home of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville casino and restaurant is by far the nation’s biggest developmental undertaking in the area, and with the addition of 1.2 million square feet to the tune of $365 million and 483 hotel rooms, it tops every other facility in the area. One-thousand more full-time jobs will also be added. Margaritaville’s CEO John Cohlan said the local development was one of the better-executed Margaritaville projects seen by the company, and the opening might even drew Jimmy Buffet. Officials also announced that by Labor Day weekend everything except the hotel tower will be completed, according to Tulsa World.
A two-level Margaritaville restaurant, bar with two outdoor decks that overlook the Arkansas River, retail outlet with a stage for live music, a seaplane and an erupting volcano that spews lava into a giant blender, will be the centerpiece of the casino-level addition. A tropical-themed pool deck will adorn the riverfront complete with cabanas, fire pits, palm trees and multiple bars, one with swim-up seating. Other food venues include a Margaritaville Coffee Shop and still in discussions, a Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse. Fifty-thousand square feet of gaming space will also be included in the casino-level addition, which will be space for 27 table games, 850 gaming machines, and entertainment venue capable of accommodating more than 2,500 seated guests, and 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
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Another Margaritaville resort is being developed, this time in the Cayman Islands:
The Treasure Island hotel in the heart of Grand Cayman’s tourist district is to become a full-scale Margaritaville Resort, new owners have said. Howard Hospitality Group (HHG) has bought the site, which was on sale for just over $15 million, and said it is already planning a major redesign and renovation of the building to convert it into a branded beach resort. The owners said it would open in December 2016, complete with and a two-story Margaritaville pool slide, multiple bars and restaurants and 280 rooms.
The hotel, which is home to a number of long-term tenants, will remain open during renovations under HHG’s management, the firm said in a release.
“The Margaritaville Beach Resort on Seven Mile Beach will provide a new and exciting hotel experience for Grand Cayman,” said Howard Sitzer, Chairman and CEO of HHG. “Authentically Caribbean, this luxury resort will embrace local tastes, sights and sounds and provide quality and vibrant entertainment for visitors and guests.”
This is not the first Margaretville in Cayman. George Town already has a branded bar and restaurant, inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author, Jimmy Buffett, but the new resort will be on a much bigger scale and will cater to overnight guests as well as cruise ship passengers, which are the downtown bar’s main customers.
Renovations are expected to begin early in the New Year the new owners stated and once open, the operational management will be led by Trust Hospitality of Miami.
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.
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.
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.
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.