From NolaDefender.com: “Decatur’s Margaritaville to Close, B.B. King’s In”
Tourists will soon stop looking for their lost shaker of salt on lower Decatur Street. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Storyville is set close its doors on June 30. A B.B. King’s Blues Club is slated to take over the space.
Several employees of Margaritaville told NoDef that staff were informed of the closure at a meeting on Wednesday (6.03) morning. A visit to the establishment confirmed the story. Calls to management were not returned. No cause for the closing was provided; some people say that there was a woman to blame, but NoDef suspects that it was their own fault.
A B.B. King’s Blues Club will occupy the space with an expected opening in mid to late fall. Tommy Peters, President of B.B. King’s says that comapny spent nearly 15 years searching for a NOLA location before finding the Decaur St. spot.
The trop-rock mecca occupied the space at 1104 Decatur Street since the early 90’s. Local musicians such as Cocoa Robichaux and Colin Lake played many of their early gigs at the venue. Last year, the adjacent Margaritaville gift shop closed, a move that was attributed to a rent increase.