Construction on Jimmy Buffett’s latest Margaritaville restaurant is coming along nicely, with an opening scheduled for late January according to Northwest Florida Daily News:
Construction is expected to wrap up and be turned over to Margaritaville in early January. The staff then will be trained for a couple weeks before the restaurant is expected to open in late January.
Margaritaville is taking over the Lucky Snapper’s footprint, but the entire building is undergoing a major renovation designed by Destin architect Joe Dougherty of Dougherty Architecture. The building has been redesigned to have more of a beach village feel, and will feature several stores, a booking booth for boat charters and a stage on east side of the building.
Buffett has visited Destin to inspect the construction. His most recent trip was about three weeks ago.
“He came in and spent the day,” Peter Bos, CEO of Legendary Inc. said. “He is very, very, very happy with the building and excited about being in Destin.”
How would you like to perform at the new Margaritaville in Destin, Florida when it opens later this year?
The Buffett-themed chain will open a restaurant later this year in Destin’s HarborWalk Village, and the venue’s “entertainment team” is looking for talent. Operators have announced that auditions will be held Oct. 13-15, with acts considered by scheduled appointment only.
Performers wishing to be considered should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It should include “contact information, play list and a link to a website where we can hear and see samples of your work. In addition, if you are playing any local public venue between Oct. 13-15, please provide the name of the venue, the address, and the time you will be performing.”
Performers will be expected to play a variety of styles of cover music. According to information provided by the restaurant, “Acts are required to perform guest requests and interact with an audience. Acts must focus on performing fun and upbeat music.”
After several months of being on hold, it was announced today that Jimmy Buffett will open a new Margaritaville restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN:
The restaurant,which has locations all over the world, will feature casual dining, a bar, live entertainment, and a retail store. It will be located in The Island in Pigeon Forge, which recently opened.
It’s set to open on Valentines Day, 2014.
“To say our partners are excited about having Margaritaville on The Island is an understatement. Their commitment to providing guests with a fun experience in a family-friendly environment is a perfect fit for The Island,” said Bob McManus, partner in The Island development.
Pigeon Forge Mayor, David Wear commented, “Margaritaville has locations from Key West to Montego Bay to Waikiki, so it’s a real treat to see Pigeon Forge added to that impressive list. Margaritaville’s decision to open here is a testament to Pigeon Forge’s strength as a tourism destination, and I am delighted to welcome them to town. I look forward to the entertainment, job creation and boost to the economy that Margaritaville represents.”
Jimmy Buffett’s latest Margaritaville opens in Atlantic City on Friday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
The $35 million project, inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Buffett’s ode to beach bums, will include a Margaritaville restaurant, Five o’Clock Somewhere bar, themed gaming area, two retail stores and a coffee shop, all on the property’s land side of the Boardwalk. On the other side of the Boardwalk, the LandShark Bar & Grill will be situated on 200 feet of beach frontage at the site of the old Steeplechase Pier. It will be the only year-round, full-service bar and restaurant on the beach.
Over on the casino side, visitors won’t be able to miss the 14,000-square-foot Margaritaville restaurant. The eatery, with room for nearly 450 diners, will feature a giant blender at the entrance as well as a stage for nightly entertainment, a tiki bar and a seasonal exterior deck. The tropical décor will also include “sand on the ground, floors painted to look like water and replicas of seagulls flying around,” Tamara Baldanza, director of new business for Margaritaville, says.
In a nod to Atlantic City history, she adds, “surfing artifacts also will be sprinkled throughout the restaurant. Whenever we come into a community or a city, we like to incorporate the local culture.” Just around the corner from the restaurant will be the Margaritaville-themed gaming area offering 160 slot machines. The Five o’Clock Somewhere bar will be adjacent to the brand’s themed table games and will feature “flair bartenders” such as those in the Tom Cruise movie “Cocktail,” he says. “It’s a beautiful center bar on the casino floor,” he adds. “It’s going to be a really fun place.” Which is what Margaritaville is all about. “We’re excited about being part of the Atlantic City community,” Baldanza says. “We are honored to be moving into the neighborhood.”
The 14,000 sq. ft. restaurant is located adjacent to the Horseshoe’s main entrance on Broadway and features seating for approximately 400. An open-air dining patio connects to the casino’s urban plaza and event lawn. The restaurant also offers a Margaritaville retail store, featuring unique Margaritaville merchandise, music and island apparel.