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Aug 20

From KHON 2: “Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber to stay open under local management

Outrigger Enterprises Group announced Tuesday that it has leased the restaurant space to JB Waikiki, LLC, a new entity created by Handcrafted Restaurants, LLC, operators of Hawaii’s Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman.

The restaurant, located on the upper lobby level of the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, will continue to operate under the Jimmy Buffett’s brand following a one-week closure from September 1-7 while the space and menu undergo a refresh.

“We are honored to carry on Jimmy Buffett’s great operation in Waikiki and look forward to expanding on its popularity with a few changes to the facilities and new additions to the menu that highlight Hawaii local flavors,” said Bill Terry, partner at Handcrafted Restaurants LLC. “The interview process is currently underway with restaurant management and staff and we expect a quick and easy transition.”

Barbara Campbell, vice president of retail leasing at Outrigger Enterprises Group, said, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement that allows Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber restaurant to remain open under the direction of Hawaii’s JB Waikiki, LLC, and continue to serve up the great food and drinks people have come to expect from the restaurant.”

Jul 30

From ColumbusCEO.com: “Raine Takes Stake in Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

In its four years of existence, the Raine Group has kept plenty busy with media and telecommunications deals. But its latest investment will tie the firm to a company best known for promoting lazy, boozy afternoons on the beach.

The firm disclosed in a letter to investors on Sunday night that it had taken a minority stake in Margaritaville, the restaurant operator and brand licensing company named after the hit song by Jimmy Buffett.

According to the letter, Buffett’s company generates more than $1 billion in annual gross sales.

Now it has bought a stake in Margaritaville, which runs restaurants in nearly two dozen resorts where one would reasonably find tourists kicking back with tequila, and which licenses out the name its majority owner made famous.

The company has had a few setbacks, including the recent announcement that it will close its casino and hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. But Raine told investors that it believes its latest acquisition has “an incredibly strong built-in audience” and has room to grow.

Jul 01

From Pacific Business News: “Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant in Waikiki to close by Aug. 31

Jimmy Buffett’s Restaurant & Bar at the Beachcomber will be closing and terminating its lease at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort on Aug. 31.

The restaurant opened in 2009. It is part of Margaritaville’s restaurant group, which has 21 locations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, according to its website.

Jun 20

From Pursuitist.com: “See inside Jimmy Buffett’s new $8.25 million Beverly Hills home

When you think of Jimmy Buffett you think of Florida, the Caribbean, beaches and Hawaiian shirts. But the “Margaritaville” songwriter recently dropped $8.25 million for a sprawling, open estate in Beverly Hills.

Buffet’s new home was originally built in 1963, and was completely renovated by the previous owner. The home sports over 4,300 square feet of living space, four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The floor plan is open allowing flow from the living room, family room, kitchen and dining and outdoors for entertaining. Walls of glass throughout only enhance the home’s open feeling. There’s also a chef’s kitchen and office.

Outside, there’s a salt water pool and spa, a patio and bar.

May 23

From Margaritaville.Com: Margaritaville.TV is here!
Join us for a special sneak peek of Margaritaville.TV this weekend & watch Jimmy & the Coral Reefers perform LIVE from Virginia Beach! Visit http://www.margaritaville.tv and click on LIVE BROADCASTS and sign up. We’ll be streaming live starting tomorrow at 7:30pmET with very special guests at 8pm!

Feb 25

Jimmy Buffett dropped by Tekzilla to talk about Drones (he loves ‘em!), action cams (GoPro Virb!), talks SpaceX, cables, Margurillas backstage, using drones during concerts, and more!

Jan 19

International Meal Company announces strategic partnership with Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC

International Meal Company Holdings SA Says on December 9th, 2013 it signed a contract with Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC for a strategic partnership that includes acquisition of eight restaurants under the Margaritaville brand in the United States. Says it also includes a holding of 50 percent of the economic rights in the other two restaurants of the same brand located in Universal Studios and Las Vegas Strip, in the cities of Orlando and Las Vegas, respectively. Says it has also signed an agreement for the purchase of two new restaurants and five restaurants under construction. Says as part of the strategic partnership, International Meal Company Holdings SA will have exclusive rights to develop and operate the Margaritaville brand at the airports in the United States and Latin America.

Javier Gavilan, CEO of IMC said, “This strategic alliance is about growing a powerful brand, in segments where we have a lot of experience and a proven track record; airports will be our first priority to develop this great brand and we have already found some very exciting opportunities. We have been partners with Margaritaville in Panama and Puerto Rico. And as we got to know Margaritaville’ s outstanding team through that relationship, we found that they shared IMC’s values of integrity, concern for employees, and delivering exceptional value and restaurant experience to our customers. Add to this the company’s powerful brand presence, growth potential, and the loyalty the brand inspires in its customers, and we found in Margaritaville the ideal platform for establishing our U.S. presence as a leader in the captive market sector of the restaurant business and the food and beverage business at airports.”

Current Locations: Las Vegas, Orlando, Myrtle Beach (icluding Landshark), Key West Restaurant & Store, Panama City, Mohegan Sun, Nashville, Chicago

Expansion Location: Cincinnati (opened), Atlantic City (opened), San Antonio, Destin, Pigeon Forge, West Palm, Syracuse

Oct 17

Watch Jimmy Buffett and co-producer Frank Marshall on the red carpet on Broadway for the opening night of Big Fish.



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