Latitude Margaritaville to include grocery store and Buffett-owned restaurant

From News Journal Online: “Grocery store, Jimmy Buffett-owned eatery coming to LPGA” (could open by summer 2018)

DAYTONA BEACH — The hot streak for development along LPGA Boulevard continues with the news this week of a grocery store and Jimmy Buffett-owned restaurant coming to the area.

Both are part of a commercial center that could open as soon as summer 2018 as part of the 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville active adult community that broke ground in March, The News-Journal has learned.

The center will serve as the south entrance to the community, on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of the Tomoka River and Interstate 95.

Singer Jimmy Buffett is a partner in and inspiration for the Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-older community, which is being developed by Minto Communities and Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company.

Minto recently sold 38 acres at the south end of the planned community to Sutton Properties for $38 million, which has agreed to develop the commercial center for Latitude Margaritaville.

Sam Sutton, who co-owns Sutton Properties with his brother Robert, said Margaritaville Holdings has committed to being part of the center but has not yet decided which of its restaurants will be located there.

Restaurant chains owned by Margaritaville Holdings include Margaritaville Restaurant, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill.

Sam Sutton said his company’s plan is to develop “the first (Latitude) Margaritaville shopping center in the country.”

The 200,000-square-foot commercial center will be anchored by both a grocery store, which he said will be 40,000 to 45,000 square feet, as well as the yet-to-be determined Margaritaville Holdings restaurant, which will be 6,000 square feet and will include an outdoor deck.

The eatery will be along a man-made lake that will include a sandy beach to evoke the Margaritaville lifetyle depicted in Buffett’s signature tune of the same name, Sutton said.

The commercial center will be built in two phases. The first will have 80,000 square feet of space and will include both the Margaritaville Holdings restaurant, grocery store and lake, as well as room for other shops and restaurants.

It is expected to open sometime between summer 2018 and early 2019, Sutton said.

Tracking the elusive Jimmy Buffett

From the San Diego Union Tribune: “Changes in latitudes: Tracking the elusive Jimmy Buffett (and Playhouse’s ‘Margaritaville’)

We dropped in for a rehearsal of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical “Escape to Margaritaville” earlier this week, and got to hear some Jimmy Buffett songs set to a Jimmy Buffett-minded story with a very Jimmy Buffett vibe.

The only question was: Where’s Jimmy?

And the answer, judging by social media, seems to be: Kind of everywhere.

To back up a bit: Buffett was in town about three weeks ago to meet with the cast and creative team of “Margaritaville,” the Broadway-bound show built around his song catalog as well as some brand-new music. Here’s a quick clip from his visit:

He also snuck in a “secret” show at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern that sold out quicker than you can say “Son of a son of a sailor”.

And he took a moment out of his busy schedule of surfing and singing to snap this shot at the Torrey Pines golf course.

So where did he go?

First it was off to Fiji — on a private plane with a full quiver of surfboards, because if you’re Jimmy Buffett that’s just what you do.

Then it was on to Australia, to perform at an Easter weekend concert festival and chill with the likes of pro surfer and 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.

Now, Buffett — who’s also an accomplished pilot — appears to be winging his way around New Zealand.

Buffett heads to Australia for Bluesfest

From News.com.au: “Jimmy Buffett hopes to not fall off stage and stay away from sharks on his return gig to Australia”

Famed American singer Jimmy Buffett hopes to share a margarita with the Sydney trauma doctor who “probably saved my life” when he returns to Australia to perform at Bluesfest on Friday April 14th.

The Margaritaville star walked off the stage towards the end of his Hordern Pavilion concert on Australia Day in 2011 — at the tailend of his first Australian tour in more than two decades — and sustained a head injury.

St Vincent’s Hospital head of emergency Professor Gordian Fulde was enjoying the concert from the front row and leapt over the barricades to treat the performer.

Buffett hopes the doctor will join the rest of his legion of Parrothead fans at his one-off concert at the Byron Bay festival on Friday.

“Hopefully I am going to get him up to Byron. That fall off the stage is a memory burned into whatever part of my brain I fell on,” Buffett said ahead of his Australian visit.

“I remember coming to with Gordian over me and telling me I had fallen but to stay with him and keep looking him in the eye.

“He was in the front row … who else gets the head of trauma surgery on Australia Day sitting in their front row? “I am sure they probably saved my life.”

As the news of his fall went viral, Buffett said he startled the fellow patients and staff in the hospital’s intensive care when he guffawed at the first text he received from his close friend, world champion surfer Kelly Slater.

“Kelly sent me a text saying ‘Did you make it?’ I just started laughing and the people in intensive care thought I was crazy or they had given me the good medicine.”

Buffett’s next spin-off from his successful “lifestyle” brand is a retirement village in Florida.

“I’m already thinking of the street names,” he said. “This thing has gone so viral now the challenge is to deliver to the standards we set for it to be the best place to spend your life.”