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San Antonio Margaritaville Set to Open Soon

posted July 12th, 2016 at 10:14 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett’s latest Margaritaville restaurant will open in San Antonio on Tuesday, July 19th at 10am.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville has finally released a date for the opening of its San Antonio location inside Rivercenter Mall (849 E. Commerce St.). Yes, we have plenty of margs in SA already, but the first Margaritaville in Texas will offer a family-friendly restaurant with seating for 315 souls.

Per today’s press release announcement via the International Meal Company, which owns the restaurant, the space will feature “island-inspired flavors, live entertainment and a patio overlooking the river” all inside a 10,000 square-foot venue. Menu items sound as goofy as you’d imagine: Cheeseburger in Paradise, Volcano Nachos, Drunken Shrimp Skillets.

A grand opening and BONUS MARGARITA TOAST! will take place Tuesday , July 19 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The restaurant will open 11 a.m. daily.

(hat tip Ken)


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Margaritaville Boning Up Media Team

posted July 6th, 2016 at 9:08 am

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Jimmy Buffett is seemingly expanding his business empire in all directions, and a new focus will be on the digital side as Margaritaville Enterprises has hired a few key people in recent months:

The digital media group of Margaritaville Enterprises, the hospitality, merchandise and media firm based on the carefree lifestyle invoked by Jimmy Buffett’s music, has made three key hires including Sarah Ramey, formerly in charge of video production and development for Gawker, as head of content.

Margaritaville Media, led by former YouTube exec Laura Lee, also has tapped Sam Keene, who previously worked at NASCAR and Red Bull, as head of digital marketing and platforms; and Talar Sarkissian, formerly with mobile-video app startup SpeakUp, as head of business development and operations. All three report to Lee, president of Margaritaville Media and chief digital officer.

Under the direction of Lee, Margaritaville Media is attempting to expand the reach of the Buffett-inspired brand to younger demographics with video series, editorial and branded content, as well as immersive digital experiences.

“With Sarah’s deep content capabilities across digital, TV and film, Sam’s proven leadership in building digital audiences for lifestyle brands and Talar’s strong operational experience, we are perfectly positioned to take Margaritaville Media to the next level and grow our company’s social presence,” Lee said in announcing the hires. “We look forward to creating fun and escapist content that continues to inspire our younger fans to embrace the Margaritaville lifestyle.”

Read more at Yahoo.


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Margaritaville is Back in Biloxi

posted June 28th, 2016 at 8:45 am

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is back with a presence in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Jimmy Buffett again has a presence in Biloxi, and a crowd turned out Thursday to open the new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi.

Buffett was about to go on stage at a concert in Indianapolis and couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting, but sent a message.

“Well, as you might guess, I am very excited about this latest and greatest Biloxi project,” Buffett wrote. “It has been a long and sometimes trying adventure to get the right kind of place in Biloxi and I couldn’t be happier with this great project, its location and your involvement,” he told the developers.

“On the water is what I always wanted,” he said of the location — the former Casino Magic, which hasn’t been open in the 11 years since Hurricane Katrina.

“The added attraction of the landing on Deer island is something that really strikes home,” said Buffett, who was born in Pascagoula and played his first professional gig in Biloxi.

Buffett said he hopes to get to the new resort for a quick visit in July and definitely for Saints games and angling for redfish.

Margaritaville Resort Biloxi offers games for all ages and a volcano climbing wall that “erupts” periodically in the Margaritaville restaurant as climbers enter through the floor. There are several other restaurants as well, and for those who stay in one of the 373 hotel rooms or suites, water views and sunsets, and access to the waterpark and lazy river, which will open Friday.



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Margaritaville Holdings CEO Talks Business and Buffett

posted June 19th, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville Holdings, recently gave an interview to Bloomberg Business where he gave some insights into Jimmy Buffett’s empire of restaurants, resorts, merchandise, and more. 

Cohlan revealed that Margaritaville did over $1.5 billion in sales in 2015 and is growing at about 20% annually.

Watch the video below:


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Cleveland to Get a Margaritaville Restaurant

posted May 7th, 2016 at 10:07 pm

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant is coming to the Cleveland Flats later this year:

The bar and restaurant chain will move into the 20,000-square-foot building on the corner of Front Avenue and West 11th Street, in the Flats East Bank. The space was originally supposed to house Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill.

“A nationally known brand like Margaritaville will really help drive tourism to our area,” said Scott Wolstein, developer and partner of The Wolstein Group. “Adding such a recognizable establishment provides yet another exciting and diverse option for everyone that makes Flats East Bank their entertainment destination.”

Margaritaville Cleveland’s parent, International Meal Company U.S., also points to increased tourist traffic – and the chain’s role to that end.

“We look forward to bringing escapism to the city and becoming active members of the Cleveland community,” said David Crabtree, President/CEO of International Meal Company U.S.



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Margaritaville Restaurant Finally Coming to California

posted April 23rd, 2016 at 11:13 pm

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The New York Times has a great article on Jimmy Buffett and his business empire. It’s a good read, includes an interview with Jimmy Buffett and his partner, and reveals that Margaritaville is finally coming to California:

The company’s first resort, a planned $700 million casino and hotel in Biloxi, Miss., was delayed by the late-2000s economic collapse. Margaritaville eventually opened a much smaller hotel in Biloxi, but it went belly up, perhaps because the company picked a bad location. This month Mr. Cohlan announced a third attempt, set to open later this year. This time, there will be more of a family focus, and no casino. Eight more Margaritaville hotels, including one in Grand Cayman, are in various stages of development.

Margaritaville’s signature restaurant chain is expanding quickly — it will soon push into California for the first time, opening at Universal Studios Hollywood — but a spinoff series of restaurants in the Midwest called Cheeseburger in Paradise has struggled. Margaritaville sold its Cheeseburger stake in 2005 and, since then, roughly half the locations have closed as the brand was lobbed between owners.

Read the full story here.


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