It was announced nearly two months ago that Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant in Waikiki would close, but a new operator has stepped in and will run the place under a license from Jimmy.
The operators of Hawaii chef and restaurateur Peter Merriman’s Monkeypod Kitchen will take over the Jimmy Buffet’s at the Beachcomber restaurant, which closes at the end of this month, Outrigger Enterprises Group said Tuesday.
Outrigger, which manages the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, said Tuesday that Handcrafted Restaurants LLC, will continue to operate the restaurant under the Jimmy Bufett’s brand following a one-week closure from Sept. 1-7 while the space in the upper lobby level of the hotel undergoes a renovation.
“We are honored to carry on Jimmy Buffett’s great operation in Waikiki and look forward to expanding on its popularity with a few changes to the facilities and new additions to the menu that highlight Hawaii local flavors,” Bill Terry, partner at Handcrafted Restaurants, said in a statement. “The interview process is currently underway with restaurant management and staff and we expect a quick and easy transition.”
Handcrafted Restaurants, a partnership between Merriman and Terry, also operates Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman’s two locations in Ko Olina Resort in West Oahu and Wailea on Maui.
Jimmy Buffet’s, which opened in 2009, is part of the Margaritaville’s restaurant group that has 21 locations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, according to its website.
It’s been a year and a half since we told you about the possibility of Margaritaville opening in Syracuse, New York, and it appears headed to fruition, according to Syracuse.com.
Assemblyman Al Stirpe, D-Cicero, confirmed that a bill he co-sponsored involving a major new tenant for the mall referred to Margaritaville. The bill, which would allow the bar and restaurant to open at Destiny, has passed the Senate and Assembly.
The mall hasn’t officially announced Margaritaville yet.
The chain appears to be heading for the vacant space across the hall from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill on Destiny’s entertainment-focused third floor.
Destiny USA, previously known as the Carousel Center from 1990-2012, is a six-story super-regional shopping and entertainment complex on the shore of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York. It is the sixth largest shopping center in the nation.
Jimmy Buffett’s latest Margaritaville restaurant opens next Monday (June 16th) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Officials will celebrate the opening of the beach-themed restaurant, inspired by Buffett’s famous song, with a ribbon cutting on June 16 at 9:30 am. The festivities are open to the public, and the restaurant will open for business after the ceremony.
A Margaritaville Island Hotel is set to open as well, but not until October. They’re taking reservations now at margaritavilleislandhotel.com.
View a sneak peek of the restaurant at pigeonforgetnguide.com.
Jimmy Buffett’s latest Margaritaville restaurant opened for business on Monday in Destin, Florida.
from The Destin Log:
With the cut of a ribbon, over-the-top margaritas and enough fanfare to make Mickey Mouse jealous, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is ready to “let the fin begin” after Monday’s grand opening.
“I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are to be here,” said Flavio Yepo, the restaurant’s general manager.
The 27,000-square foot, harbor front restaurant is the newest edition to HarborWalk Village. The Buffett-inspired eatery was packed to the gills with hungry residents, news media and Parrot Heads.
With both indoor and outdoor seating, Margaritaville sits in the former home of Lucky Snapper along the harbor, and features enough seating for more than 400 guests.
Margaritaville has already hired and trained more than 200 employees to work in its Destin location.
As for whether the famed singer will make an appearance? You’ll just have to keep an eye and ear open as Buffett is known to play impromptu shows at his various restaurants nationwide.
View more photos from the opening here.
The latest Margaritaville is opening in just 10 days. Margaritaville Destin at HarborWalk Village is nearing completion and will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 am on Monday, February 17th.
The Destin Log has more: “‘It’s 5 o’ clock somewhere’ — and soon: Destin’s Margaritaville taking shape as opening nears”
Destin’s Margaritaville restaurant should make any Parrothead proud as its opening day nears.
“This is going to be awesome,” Legendary Inc. CEO Peter Bos told The Log during a Saturday morning tour of the construction site. “It’s going to turn the harbor upside down.”
Walking through the roughly 15,000 square foot, three-story restaurant, one could easily imagine Jimmy Buffett’s famed “Cheeseburger in Paradise” playing on the sound system and margaritas flowing from one of the many bars.
Whether it’s the custom-made tables adorned with Buffett-inspired images or the nautical themed accessories, the restaurant is coming together. And don’t think that Buffet doesn’t know it.
“He’s been here a couple of times,” Bos said. “He’s real pleased with the restaurant.”
When entering the restaurant from the upper level at HarborWalk Village, guests will immediately be greeted by a giant buoy, a plane suspended from the ceiling, and if they look directly over the doors, a boat that was repurposed after being purchased from a 70-year-old military veteran in Tallahassee.
Read the full article and view a photo gallery here.
If you were lucky enough to be at one of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafes on the island of Jamaica the past couple of days, then you might have run in to the man himself! JB made visits to the Ocho Rios and Montego Bay locations.
Jimmy at the Ocho Rios location, from Margaritaville Caribbean’s Facebook:
Jimmy judging a dance contest at the Montego Bay Margaritaville, from Savannah Buffett’s Instagram: