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Lake of the Ozarks Resort to Rebrand as Margaritaville

posted July 13th, 2017 at 1:28 pm

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by Josh Martin

A mid-Missouri resort located on Lake of The Ozarks will be rebranded as a Margaritaville resort:

Tan-Tar-A Resort, a popular Lake of the Ozarks hotel and conference center for more than a half century, will undergo a multi-million renovation and be rebranded as a Margaritaville hotel, the chain of resorts named after a Jimmy Buffett song.

The 500-room Osage Beach resort 185 miles southwest of St. Louis is joining a growing list of Margaritaville hotels located primarily in coastal vacation spots, including Key West and the Cayman Islands.

It’s new name effective March 2019 will be Tan-Tar-A, a Margaritaville Resort, said the resort’s longtime general manager Fred Dehner. All 500 of the resort’s employees are being retained, he said, and new food and beverage employees will be hired for a Margaritaville restaurant and LandShark Bar & Grill that are being added.

On June 29, Miami investment firm Driftwood Acquisitions & Development acquired Tan-Tar-A Resort from Bethesda, Md.-based CWCapital with joint venture partner Sefira Capital, a Miami-based investment boutique, the companies announced Thursday. Driftwood has a licensing agreement with Margaritaville Holdings, Buffett’s company. Buffett, the 70-year-old flip-flops wearing singer of “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and other songs, has expanded his business empire to include real estate, alcoholic beverages and restaurants. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The resort will remain open while the property is renovated to incorporate Margaritaville’s ‘casual-luxe’ design elements, Driftwood said.

Driftwood, which manages more than 40 hotels, also announced the acquisition of the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa in Costa Rica Thursday. Tan-Tar-A and Flamingo will become Margaritaville’s 10th and 11th resorts.

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Buffett Performs at Tulsa Margaritaville Opening

posted January 29th, 2017 at 8:31 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was in Tulsa on Saturday to perform a show at the grand opening of his Margaritaville Casino at River Spirit Resort Casino. Tulsa World has more:

“To the city of Tulsa, it’s great to not only play here, but to be part of the city,” Buffett said to the nearly 3,000 Parrotheads in attendance at the new River Spirit Casino Resort venue, Paradise Cove.

Saturday served as a grand opening party for the Margaritaville addition to the River Spirit Casino Resort, a feather in the cap of a $365 million renovation that has opened in stages over the last six months, starting with the Margaritaville casino and restaurant, then the hotel tower and music venue.

“One year ago today, we stood by as we laid the top beam on the hotel,” said Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd. “We have a lot to celebrate today.”

And there was plenty of celebrating going on Saturday afternoon at the concert pre-party. The facility’s new ballroom was transformed into a tropical vision, with brightly colored flowers and beach balls, colorful drinks and colorful people itching to party, along with city and community leaders including Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, Tulsa Regional Chamber CEO Mike Neal and Muscogee (Creek) Nation, city and county officials.

Read more here.

photo Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World


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Margaritaville Key West Resort Coming

posted January 11th, 2017 at 1:07 pm

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by Josh Martin

KeysNews.com reports that the Westin Resort and Marina in Key West will be rebranded as the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

The resort’s website is already live at www.margaritavillekeywestresort.com and is accepting booking reservations now.

Ideally located right on the waterfront of Old Town Key West, just steps from the famous Mallory Square, and one block from Duval Street is the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina – a hub of relaxation and luxury in the middle of all of the excitement that Key West is famous for.

Experience the beauty of the sparkling sea, access to water sports, and endless dining, shopping, and entertainment options all just steps away. Our marina is one of the three cruise ports in Key West welcoming cruise ships from around the world. Cruise ships are typically docked from 7am to sunset with the rare ship visit later or overnight.

Dine on fresh island cuisine, indoors, on a deck, or oceanside. Sip a cocktail and lounge by our outdoor pool surrounded by lush native plants, or take a launch to the nearby private beach on Sunset Key. Rejuvenation awaits in the serenity of our massage studio.

(hat tip Doug)


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Buffett to Perform in Tulsa for Margaritaville Opening

posted August 25th, 2016 at 11:51 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino and restaurant opened its doors on Thursday in Tulsa, and officials said that Jimmy will play at the new theater in late January:

Jimmy Buffett is tentatively set to play the new showroom at Margaritaville on Jan. 28, Creek Nation officials announced Thursday during the grand opening for the casino.

The resort will feature a 2,500-seat concert venue.

The new 50,000-square-foot Margaritaville casino is the first part of the resort to open. A 483-room hotel hotel will open inl December; the theater and the outdoor area next to the river will be ready in 2017.


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Margaritaville Tulsa Casino Topped Off

posted February 2nd, 2016 at 9:18 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino at River Spirit in Tulsa, Oklahoma held a topping off ceremony last Friday as the final floor of the tower was put in place.

In a topping-off ceremony, a native tree is often chosen by builders of tall buildings to be placed at the top of a building in a show of respect for the land. In this case, nothing could have been more appropriate than a palm tree riding a steal beam to the 27th and final floor marking the completion of the frame of the new addition to the complex.

The expansion and new home of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville casino and restaurant is by far the nation’s biggest developmental undertaking in the area, and with the addition of 1.2 million square feet to the tune of $365 million and 483 hotel rooms, it tops every other facility in the area. One-thousand more full-time jobs will also be added. Margaritaville’s CEO John Cohlan said the local development was one of the better-executed Margaritaville projects seen by the company, and the opening might even drew Jimmy Buffet. Officials also announced that by Labor Day weekend everything except the hotel tower will be completed, according to Tulsa World.

A two-level Margaritaville restaurant, bar with two outdoor decks that overlook the Arkansas River, retail outlet with a stage for live music, a seaplane and an erupting volcano that spews lava into a giant blender, will be the centerpiece of the casino-level addition. A tropical-themed pool deck will adorn the riverfront complete with cabanas, fire pits, palm trees and multiple bars, one with swim-up seating. Other food venues include a Margaritaville Coffee Shop and still in discussions, a Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse. Fifty-thousand square feet of gaming space will also be included in the casino-level addition, which will be space for 27 table games, 850 gaming machines, and entertainment venue capable of accommodating more than 2,500 seated guests, and 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Read more here.


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Jimmy Performs at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach

posted November 14th, 2015 at 10:52 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was in South Florida on Saturday afternoon to perform for the official grand opening of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.


photo by Shannon Kaestle for Miami Herald

As the sun dropped and the rain drifted out to sea, thousands of people massed along the Broadwalk in front of Margaritaville for the official grand opening of the Buffett-themed resort that now stands as the beach’s new centerpiece. The $150 million attraction offers more than just 349 rooms, eight bars and a spa — it’s also a beacon of hope that this snowbird paradise will at last become a first-class tourist destination.

“Let’s put the top down on this place!” Buffett shouted to kick off the one and a half-hour free concert.

The high-tech, slickly produced Live Nation Jimmy Buffett concert production — bigger and louder than anything Hollywood beach has ever seen before — was greeted by veteran Parrotheads and Hollywood locals but did not come without controversy; residents took to social media in the days before to decry what some criticized as a VIP-only exclusive event.

But most of the stage was visible, and by the time Buffett took the stage at 4:30 p.m. it was already 5 o’clock somewhere. The complaints had, for the most part, been drowned down with a few beers, some shots of tequila and Buffett magic.

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View the set list from the show


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