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Cleveland Margaritaville Opening Delayed

posted April 27th, 2017 at 9:28 am

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by Josh Martin

First announced a year ago, and originally scheduled to open in late 2016, the Margaritaville restaurant in Cleveland has delayed its opening again.

The opening of Cleveland’s hotly anticipated Margaritaville restaurant on Front Avenue in the Flats has been delayed until summer.

When the initial announcement of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville coming to Cleveland was made last May, the restaurant was slated to open in late 2016. By October, however, that date was pushed back until spring 2017.

While officials connected with the project said the restaurant will debut this summer, they did not provide any official date.

Margaritaville’s menu features foods like coconut shrimp, seafood macaroni and cheese, fish tacos, steak, grilled chicken and burgers. Yes, there’s even a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” complete with lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57 and French-fried potatoes — just like Buffett’s song suggests.

Once the location opens, it will be the only Margaritaville in the state of Ohio after the Cincinnati location recently closed.


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Margaritaville Cincinnati to Close

posted April 11th, 2017 at 8:14 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant in Cincinnati will close its doors after four years of operation, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville inside the casino will close on April 23, according to a tweet from its main account. The casino said a new concept will be taking its place but did not offer specifics.

“Jack and the Jimmy Buffett-themed restaurant have enjoyed a four-year partnership and are mutually grateful for the opportunity to have worked together,” Senior Vice President and General Manager Chad Barnhill said in an email. “Jack Entertainment looks forward to announcing our exciting new concept for the space soon.”

A spokeswoman said the casino is still weighing options on what will take Margaritaville’s place.

“We’ve had a really great partnership with them for four years, but it was a business decision,” Gayane Makaryan told me.

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville was one of the original restaurants to open in the casino, which was originally called Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, along with Jack Binion’s Steak, Spread Buffet and Bobby’s Burger Palace. Of those, only Bobby’s Burger Palace still remains in operation.



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Margaritaville at LA City Walk Opens with Performance by Buffett

posted March 30th, 2017 at 10:09 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett christened his latest Margaritaville restaurant, and first one ever in California, with a grand opening show on Thursday afternoon.

At 5 O’Clock today, Universal CityWalk toasted the official arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant to its destination marking the occasion with an exciting performance by singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Hundreds of Parrotheads and fans alike joined in the celebration that also marked the first-ever Margaritaville restaurant to open in California.

Jimmy Buffett said, “I walked onto the site of CityWalk when it was still under construction, and my first thought was ‘I want a Margaritaville here.’ Thanks to the great folks at Universal, we made it. It’s great to play at the opening and I look forward to visiting regularly on my journeys to the West Coast. Fins Up!”




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Buffett Considering a Margaritaville in Byron Bay

posted March 3rd, 2017 at 9:16 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett is considering opening a Margaritaville restaurant in Byron Bay, Australia, according to NorthernStar.com:

Speaking from Palm Beach, Florida, ahead of his Bluesfest appearance in April, the singer said he will be scouting suitable locations for a possible business venture.

“Byron Bay is such a unique place to me,” he said.

“I’d like to look at some opportunities while I’m there.”

Mr Buffett said he would also be open to discuss a partnership with local businesspeople.

“If there was anybody interested, I would certainly be interested,” he said.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a United States-based casual dining restaurant chain and a chain of stores selling Jimmy Buffett-themed merchandise.

It is owned by Buffettand named after his hit song Margaritaville.

Asked on what type of set up would he be scouting for, Jimmy Buffett said it has to be a venue that suits the Byron Bay style.

“It doesn’t matter what size it is, I’d love to have a spot there just to get on the map, but it’s not about how large it is, it’s how it fits in with the rest of the community,” he said.

“It has to fit in with what I think it’s a wonderful kind of atmosphere that I associate with Byron Bay.”



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Enter to Win Tickets to Buffett’s Grand Opening Performance at LA Margaritaville

posted March 2nd, 2017 at 9:14 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett will perform a free show, albeit invite-only, later this month to mark the opening of his first Margaritaville in California, and you can win tickets! Click here to enter!

Jimmy Buffett is to perform an exclusive free concert at the grand opening of his Margaritaville restaurant at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles.

The show, on March 30, will take place at the newly opened eatery, the chain’s first in California. The intimate performance is by invite-only but fans can enter to win tickets to the intimate performance on the Margaritaville stage online here.


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Margaritaville Restaurant in NYC Falls Through, For Now

posted January 11th, 2017 at 8:36 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was hoping to bring a Margaritaville restaurant to New York City but the plans appear to have fallen through for now, according to the NY Post.

A much-touted prospective deal for Buffett to launch a New York outpost of his “concept” eatery at the landmark Brill Building at 1619 Broadway at 49th Street has collapsed, multiple sources said.

The talks were closely watched as a bellwether of “experiential” retail north of Times Square. Broadway is marred by yawning retail vacancies between 49th and 58th streets.

It was widely reported last year that a lease was all but signed for a multi-level Margaritaville eating-entertainment complex in the Brill Building, once home to the nation’s songwriting royalty and to Jack Dempsey’s steak house.

However, the deal fell through when pharmacy chain CVS recently inked a deal for the entire second floor. Margaritaville had wanted that floor as well as part of the ground floor and the rooftop.

It was known since last summer that CVS was in talks with Brill’s owners — but for elsewhere in the building.

An insider told us, “What happened is strange. They’re still pitching Buffett on a Margaritaville deal somewhere in the building.” The source added skeptically, “But it’s back to square one.”

Read the full story.


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