Many of you have visited Jimmy Buffett’s sister Lucy’s restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and in 2015 she’ll open a second Lulu’s… this one in Destin, Florida.
Lucy “LuLu” Buffett, owner of LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, recently announced her plan to open a second LuLu’s location in Destin in a low-key way, via Facebook. She posted: “Uh, did I forget to mention…” along with a photo of a sign at the new spot. “Keep calm and eat gumbo,” the sign reads. “Destin 2015.”
Buffett’s new venture will be located close to her brother Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, which opened in Destin in February of this year. The siblings grew up in Mobile.
The new LuLu’s in Destin will be similar in size and atmosphere to the one in Gulf Shores, according to a spokeswoman for Buffett. The restaurant will be at the base of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marine, overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay, according to a letter from Buffett on the LuLu’s website.
“I always thought the Florida Panhandle would be the perfect place for another LuLu’s,” she wrote. “We’ve had many offers to open one in other places, but it never quite seemed to be the right time or place. I’d always muse, ‘I will one day, when…’”
If all goes to plan, Buffett’s “one day” will happen sometime next year.
Read more at AL.com
If you’ve browsed around on Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.tv, you may have seen this video already. It being added to Youtube today caught our attention here at Buffettworld.
Enjoy a home video shot by Jimmy at one of his favorite surf breaks – Byron Bay in Australia. As the old saying goes: it’s not how many times you fall down that matters. It’s that you keep getting back up!
According to Variety, Jimmy Buffett has purchased a home in Beverly Hills, California for $8.25 million.
The two-time Grammy nominee and his longtime second missus, Jane, have long owned multi-million dollar homes and compounds in Palm Beach (FL), the Hamptons (NY), and St. Barts and, in April of this year, they quietly shelled out $8.25 million for a freshly and fastidiously rehabbed mid-century minded pied-a-terre in the Trousdale estates area of Beverly Hills.*
The seller, according to all the various property record data bases Your Mama consulted, was Hollywood theatrical marketing guru Matt Brubaker (of Trailer Park) who acquired the property from a non-celebrity couple in late December 2012 for $5.8 million. A look back over digital listings from the time Mister Brubaker bought the property show he gave the interiors a thorough cosmetic overhaul and flipped it back on the market in the early days of 2014 with an asking price of $8.399 million.
Originally built in 1963, the single-story home sits behinds a stainless steel gate that slides open to a teeny-weeny motor court and side-facing two-car attached garage with stainless steel doors. Another stainless steel gate opens from the motor court to a walled entry courtyard where a long and shallow water channel must be crossed in order to get to the all-glass front door. (It is just Your Mama who finds stainless steel driveway gates and garage doors to be an impressively expensive if depressingly passé, turn-of-the-21st-century architectural conceit?)
Read more and see photos of the property at Variety.
NOLA.com reports that Jimmy Buffett swung by the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Friday, making a beeline for gumbo:
After parking his golf cart on the dirt track behind the Jazz & Heritage Stage, Buffett and a friend made a beeline for Food Area II. Once there, he walked right up to the Prejean’s Restaurant booth and ordered two cups of pheasant, quail and Andouille sausage gumbo.
His culinary choice shouldn’t come as a surprise: Buffett’s 1999 album “Beach House on the Moon” contained a song called, “I Will Play for Gumbo.”
And he could certainly afford the $7 price tag: When he performed at Jazz Fest in 2011, he made enough to buy about 80,000 servings.
His affection for New Orleans in general and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival specifically is well-documented. He performs every few years with his Coral Reefer Band. In 2012, he played an acoustic set as a last-minute fill-in for an ailing Eddie Vedder.
Buffett is one of the most popular acts in the contemporary era of Jazz Fest; tens of thousands of his Parrotheads fill the field in front of the Acura Stage whenever he plays. But on Friday, in a baseball cap, sunglasses, shorts and a white polo shirt, he was able to navigate the festival grounds anonymously. Shari Menard, who sold him the gumbo at the Prejean’s booth — and provided covers for the steaming Styrofoam cups of dark roux — had no idea who he was. “I was totally shocked,” she said, when later informed by a reporter.
Read the full story here.
Even if you don’t know who Jesse Winchester is, as a Buffett fan you’ve likely heard at least one of his songs. In Buffett’s long career, he’s recorded six of Winchester’s songs: Rhumba Man, L’air De La Louisiane, Defying Gravity, Biloxi, Nothing But a Breeze, and I Wave Bye Bye. In the liner notes of the box set Boats, Beaches, Bars, and Ballads, Buffett said “like a solid relief pitcher, Jesse Winchester is a source of songs I return to again and again. ”
Winchester died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday morning after battling cancer. He was 69.
When Buffett played the concert for the Gulf Coast in 2010, Winchester joined Buffett on stage to sing “Rhumba Man,” “Mississippi You’re On My Mind,” and “Biloxi.”
A year after that, in 2011, Jesse was told he had esophageal cancer. He stopped in the middle of a tour and began radiation treatments, followed by surgery. Immediately, Buffett and Elvis Costello agreed that it would be a good idea to put together a tribute album as a show of support.
At Christmas of 2011 Buffett wrote to Jesse and told him the album was coming, a gift from a whole bunch of grateful musicians and songwriters to a master. Jesse expressed his gratitude and had some good news of his own. He had beat the odds – after treatment and surgery the doctors had told him he was cancer free.
Winchester’s cancer returned in February, this time in his bladder and was inoperable.
Download the tribute album Quiet About It at iTunes.
Read more about Jesse Winchester’s life here.
Sports radio personality Dan Patrick was interviewing Warren Buffett about his $1 billion March Madness challenge, when Jimmy called in to chat too.
It’s a fun discussion, with Jimmy even mentioning that he now has a ticket aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceship.