Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant is coming to the Cleveland Flats later this year:
The bar and restaurant chain will move into the 20,000-square-foot building on the corner of Front Avenue and West 11th Street, in the Flats East Bank. The space was originally supposed to house Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill.
“A nationally known brand like Margaritaville will really help drive tourism to our area,” said Scott Wolstein, developer and partner of The Wolstein Group. “Adding such a recognizable establishment provides yet another exciting and diverse option for everyone that makes Flats East Bank their entertainment destination.”
Margaritaville Cleveland’s parent, International Meal Company U.S., also points to increased tourist traffic – and the chain’s role to that end.
“We look forward to bringing escapism to the city and becoming active members of the Cleveland community,” said David Crabtree, President/CEO of International Meal Company U.S.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will make their annual stop at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre on Saturday, September 3rd, with special guest G. Love and Special Sauce.
East Troy, WI
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 13th through Ticketmaster.
View all tour dates that have been scheduled here.
Jimmy Buffett will perform at the KAABOO Del Mar music festival in San Diego in September.
Get excited for KAABOO Del Mar’s second year music announcement! The “mix-perience” of a lifetime, presented in partnership with Mercedes-Benz USA, is returning to the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds in Del Mar (San Diego), CA for our second outing, September 16-18, 2016.
Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band and Aerosmith, plus chart-topping alt. rockers Fall Out Boy will join already announced Jack Johnson as the 2016 headliners. The extensive lineup also includes Lenny Kravitz, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Avett Brothers, OneRepublic, Third Eye Blind, Flo Rida, The Chainsmokers and nearly 100 additional music and comedy acts.
For ticket info, visit kaaboodelmar.com
Jimmy Buffett is taking another stab at gaming his Margaritaville brand. In 2012 he released Margaritaville Online, and this summer he’ll release The Margaritaville Game.
Now the crooner-turned-entrepreneur’s company is looking to further extend his chilled-out, tropically resonant brand into new avenues of media and entertainment, starting with a casual mobile game slated to launch this summer.
Margaritaville Enterprises, aiming to delight Buffett buffs, is creating the app with game developer FunPlus. The Margaritaville game, to be released around Comic-Con International in July, will let fans find their lost shakers of salt and explore other Margaritaville-themed experiences in “a virtual paradise.”
Heading up Margaritaville Enterprises’ content initiatives is Laura Lee, president of media and chief digital officer, who joined the company last year after eight years at YouTube. “Margaritaville is so much more than just a product or a destination — it’s a lifestyle — and we want to bring that escapist attitude to the digital realm with Margaritaville’s first-ever casual mobile game,” Lee said.
(hat tip Ken)
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The New York Times has a great article on Jimmy Buffett and his business empire. It’s a good read, includes an interview with Jimmy Buffett and his partner, and reveals that Margaritaville is finally coming to California:
The company’s first resort, a planned $700 million casino and hotel in Biloxi, Miss., was delayed by the late-2000s economic collapse. Margaritaville eventually opened a much smaller hotel in Biloxi, but it went belly up, perhaps because the company picked a bad location. This month Mr. Cohlan announced a third attempt, set to open later this year. This time, there will be more of a family focus, and no casino. Eight more Margaritaville hotels, including one in Grand Cayman, are in various stages of development.
Margaritaville’s signature restaurant chain is expanding quickly — it will soon push into California for the first time, opening at Universal Studios Hollywood — but a spinoff series of restaurants in the Midwest called Cheeseburger in Paradise has struggled. Margaritaville sold its Cheeseburger stake in 2005 and, since then, roughly half the locations have closed as the brand was lobbed between owners.
Read the full story here.
Soon you’ll be able to waste away on Buffett Beach in Pascagoula, Mississippi:
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant wasn’t wasting away any time signing a bill to honor Jimmy Buffett.
The beach just blocks from the musician’s childhood home in Pascagoula will now carry his name. City leaders said they want the world to know they are proud that the famous singer-songwriter was born in Pascagoula. They say putting Buffett’s name on the beach would boost the city’s tourism market.
Officials told us previously they hope to hold the dedication ceremony for Buffett Beach on May 6, 2017. The city already dedicated a bridge to the singer in September 2015.