Jimmy Buffett is taking Margaritaville to the high seas. At the Norwegian Cruise Line’s annual company meeting on Thursday, Jimmy made a surprise appearance as the CEO announced the deal.
Margaritaville will be a complimentary restaurant on the Norwegian Escape, which will debut in Europe next October and begin week-long Caribbean cruises out of Miami starting Nov. 14. The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will be an outdoor bar on the ship’s Waterfront zone and will feature live music nightly.
Margaritaville eventually will be expanded to the rest of the fleet, but details haven’t been set yet, said Vanessa Lane Picariello, Norwegian’s director of public relations.
“I always wanted a navy,” Buffett said. “If you see me out on my little 26-foot sailboat, please do not run over me.”
The Miami Herald also revealed that a Margaritaville will open at the cruise line’s port in Belize while a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will be built in The Bahamas.
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Another Jimmy Buffett property is set to close by the end of the year. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, the Margaritaville at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona will close its doors in December.
“We anticipated and have been planning for the closure of Margaritaville,” Jeff Teetsel, development manager for Westgate, said in an email. “As we’ve successfully implemented elsewhere in the center, we will repurpose the space with tenants that are in line with current market and entertainment trends as the exciting evolution of Westgate Entertainment District continues.”
When Teetsel was asked to expand on why Margaritaville was was leaving or what is lined up to move into its space he replied, “As a matter of policy, we don’t discuss the details of our tenant relationships.”
Officials with Margaritaville did not return phone calls seeking comment.
The Margaritaville Glendale restaurant was completed in 2008 and included a concert by Buffett to celebrate the grand opening.
The Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi, MS closed in September and the Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber in Hawaii closed and then recently re-opened under new operators. Despite the recent closings, new Margaritaville locations are in development in Syracuse, NY and San Antonio, TX.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant chain is coming to Texas next year.
Opening in March 2015, the first Margaritaville in the Lone Star state will set up shop in San Antonio’s Rivercenter Mall on the River Walk.
The location is already looking for a Restaurant Manager, General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Merchandise Store Manager, and Assistant Kitchen Manager. View the jobs here.
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Jimmy Buffett was in San Francisco on Wednesday where he attended Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit. Buffett asked the CEO of streaming music service Spotify for a raise.
“Do you see any time in the future where we might see a raise directly from you as opposed to going through the bullshit you have to go through to deal with a label these days?” Buffett asked. “How the stream of revenue gets to the artist, particularly young struggling artists, it’s really hard for that to actually happen in real life if you’re a young artist. So I’d hope that all the music service groups would kind of look at that. It’s one thing when it goes to the record label. Most of it doesn’t get to the artist, which would be nice.”
Ek was receptive to Buffett’s question — “I agree,” he said immediately. But he stopped short of saying Buffett would be getting a raise any time soon. Spotify will spend more than $1 billion on rights this year, he said, and pays 70 percent of that to rights holders. “But it’s actually still lower than what we used to get — right, Irving?” Buffett asked Irving Azoff, a legendary manager in the music industry, who was moderating the discussion. “That’s why I’m looking for a raise.” Azoff was unsympathetic. “Sell one of the planes,” he told Buffett.
Buffett is hardly the first artist to complain about the fractions of a penny that they receive whenever one of their works are streamed. Thom Yorke, the Black Keys, and Bette Midler are among the performers who say they deserve more from Spotify. But given that record labels control most of the rights to their music, as well as the deals with Spotify and other streaming services, don’t expect that to change any time soon.
The long-rumored opening of a Margaritaville restaurant at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York was finally officially announced on Thursday.
The mall officially confirmed this morning what regular readers here have known for months. The entertainment and dining venue is heading to a spot on the third floor of Destiny’s expansion section across from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.
“There’s only a handful of Margaritavilles across the entire U.S.,” said Rob Schoeneck, Destiny general manager. “It brings our entertainment venues to just a whole new level.”
Aja, a nightclub, was previously headed to the Margaritaville spot, but those plans fell through. It was a combination of Aja pulling back and Destiny deciding to go in a different direction with the space, Schoeneck said.
The Margaritaville will include 12,000 square feet of entertainment and dining space, a 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar with a live performance stage, multiple dining areas with total seating for 330 people and a 700-square-foot Margaritaville store.
It’ll feature the chain’s signature margaritas and coastal-style food.
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Back in July it was announced that the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi would close on or before September 19th. On Monday night, the doors closed.
Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Gaming Commission, told the Sun Herald that officials from the casino notified them they would close at 10 p.m.
“We were made aware of this and we’ll have agents on standby,” he said.
A train clacked by around 9:30 p.m., its whistle a last call for the casino that opened in 2012 with a concert by Jimmy Buffett.
A couple moving from Michigan to Nevada pulled in and when they learned it was the final hour, hurried inside to buy a souvenir T-shirt.
A few employees carried items to their cars, while others not scheduled to work headed in one last time.
“We’ve been here since Day 1,” a woman said while another said, “We’re just saying goodbye to our co-workers.”
The third woman said, “it’s sad but …” and shrugged her shoulders.
The employee parking lot was empty and the staff was parked in the regular lot.
“The employees are going to be paid through the 19th as promised,” said Michael Cavanaugh, attorney for MVB Holdings, which operated the casino.
Cavanaugh said the company was unable to come to an agreement with the landlords to build a hotel on the property, which the management said is needed for the casino to stay in business.
“Everybody wants a better outcome,” Cavanaugh said, “everybody but the landlords.”
The landowners won’t be able to step in and run the casino, he said. “When we close down the license is history.”
Gaming Commission regulations now require a casino to have a 200-room hotel and other amenities before they open.
(hat tip Tony)