Tulsa’s Margaritaville Casino-Hotel holds topping-off ceremony

From TulsaWorld.com: “Milestone celebrated Creeks top off Margaritaville hotel and casino complex

In a topping-off ceremony, builders of tall buildings often choose a native tree to place at the top of a building to show respect for the land.

But with the Margaritaville Restaurant and Casino complex under construction at the site of the River Spirit Casino Resort, the choice of vegetation for Friday’s ceremony was clear — a tropical palm tree.


With Jimmy Buffett’s most famous song playing on speakers, construction workers hoisted the tree on a beam to the top of the hotel tower to mark the completion of the frame for the 27th and final floor of the new addition to the River Spirit Casino Resort.

The Margaritaville expansion is the biggest development the nation has undertaken in the area by far — $365 million for 1.2 million additional square feet, 483 hotel rooms that will be more than any other facility in the area, and 1,000 additional full-time jobs.

During the topping-out ceremony, officials announced that everything except the hotel tower will be finished Labor Day weekend.


John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville, called the local Margaritaville development one of the better-executed Margaritaville projects the company has seen, and the opening is likely to draw the special visitor Parrotheads have been hoping for.

“I think it’s safe to say he (Buffett) wouldn’t miss it,” he said.

The centerpiece of the casino-level addition will be a two-level Margaritaville restaurant, bar and retail outlet with a stage for live music, two outdoor decks overlooking the Arkansas River, a seaplane and a volcano that erupts lava into a giant blender.