Margaritaville coming to Paradise Island in Fall 2015

From Margaritaville will soon offer both locals and vacationers another port of paradise as the company announces the development of the first of the brand’s restaurants in the Bahamas. Slated to open in fall 2015, the open-air, waterfront-concept restaurant will be located on picturesque Paradise Island, home to world famous resorts and attractions.

“Margaritaville is the place for all those looking to relax and escape the day-to-day, even if it’s only for a couple of hours,” said John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville. “We could not think of a better home than Paradise Island to build our first restaurant in the Bahamas.”

Margaritaville Bahamas will feature a signature forty seat Boat Drinks Bar, a portside open-air Chill Bar with a Drinks-To-Go window and a Margaritaville Retail Store. Keeping true to the brand’s “chill” theme, guests arriving from the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal will find a Fin-shaped swimming pool complete with a LandShark Pool Bar that features underwater bottle top themed pedestals where they can soak up an authentic Margaritaville experience. The venue also includes a live performance stage with a fish-cleaning station, DJ booth, unique Paddle Board Booth seating, and a scale model of the Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, the Hemisphere Dancer.

Additional information will soon be available at

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Buffett at the American Library in Paris

Bonjour Paris has an article on Buffett at the American Library in Paris: “Jimmy Buffett in Paris: License to Chill

Does he get tired of playing the same songs every night? No. He knows well that “there are certain songs you play every night or get killed. It’s about listening to your audience.”

His most well-known song, Margaritaville, is one of the mandatory songs. After a few margaritas in Austin, Texas, on his way to the airport, he wrote the first part in three minutes. When he landed in Key West, Florida and got stuck in traffic at a bridge, he finished the last part in another three minutes. Six minutes to the hit that launched a million fans.

His books, he admits, take longer than six minutes. He is a prolific writer, but acknowledges the loneliness of writing. “It’s good to be able to take a break at the bar.”

In the music side of his life, he holds little love for the record companies. “The contracts are not set up for the artist,” he says. “They count on the passion of the musician and the tendency to destroy yourself at an young age.”

That’s why he left the “industry” and established his own way of doing business.

“I didn’t have to depend on the kindness of crooks,” he says. “Work for yourself so you can be yourself.”

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Air Margaritaville opens at Miami International Airport

From BizJournals: “Miami International Airport lands first Air Margaritaville in the U.S.

A Brazilian company will open the first Air Margaritaville in the U.S. at Miami International Airport.

IMCMV MIA Airport, LLC, a subsidiary of International Meal Company — which operates Margaritaville and Land Shark Bar & Grill restaurants throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Panama — will debut the Jimmy Buffett-inspired eatery on Friday in Concourse E in the Central Terminal.

The restaurant will serve traditional breakfast dishes, seafood, salads, sandwiches, tropical drinks and beer.

Update: The ribbon cutting ceremony takes place on Friday September 25th at 2:00 PM ET.

Update from

The tropical-inspired eatery also is expected to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in summer 2017 as part of 25 new restaurants opening in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, airport spokesman Greg Meyer said.

The new Air Margaritaville at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport is part of a push by the airport and the terminals’ new concessionaire, HMSHost Corp., to expand and diversify dining for travelers over the next few years.


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Jimmy Buffett Answers Viewer Questions

From WKRG News 5: Devon Walsh had a chance to sit down with Jimmy Buffett and ask him some view questions.

1) Devon: “What your favorite song you’ve ever written?”

Jimmy: “I have a couple of them, but off the top of my head, I would say, ‘Twelve Volt Man.’”

2) Devon: “When will you perform in Mobile?”

Jimmy: “I’m looking at places to play in the bigger arena kind of things, where we haven’t been in a while. An example, this year, we haven’t played the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 17 years. So we are playing that this year. So Mobile is on the list.”

3) Devon: “If you could give the Senior Class of 2016 advice, what would it be?”

Jimmy:“Read a lot and travel a lot.”

4) Devon: “How far can you throw a mullet?”

Jimmy: “I have never done the Mullet Toss as a contest, but I have thrown a few back in the water. I can chunk one off a boat pretty well, and I can get the off the hook.”

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