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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The first trailer for next summer’s ‘Jurassic World’ premiered today, and if you’ve got an eye for detail you’ll notice a certain restaurant in the background as a mob of people run for their lives from a hybrid dinosaur.
Watch the trailer below to see Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville around the 2:10 mark:
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors, but things go awry when the research team accidentally unleashes a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur into the park.
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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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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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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.