Margaritaville opens at the Mall of America on Sept 20th

From Margaritaville.com: A tropical escape in Minnesota will now be as close as the Mall of America with the grand opening of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant in Bloomington, MN. The 315 seat restaurant and bar will be Margaritaville’s first in the state of Minnesota, offering a fun, family-friendly dining experience combined with an array of island-inspired flavors, family entertainment, a Porch of Indecision dining area and retail space.

“We are ecstatic to bring the Margaritaville lifestyle to the North Star State,” said David Crabtree, President/CEO for International Meal Company U.S. “Margaritaville is all about treating yourself to great food and drinks while enjoying great music and escaping reality.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony and margarita toast will be held at the restaurant’s grand opening on Tuesday, September 20th from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Margaritaville and International Meal Company executives, along with local movers and shakers, will be joined by the community, Parrotheads stilt walkers and more. The festivities will be open to the public. Margaritaville will open immediately after the ceremony to start serving guests the newest Margaritaville specialties.

Buffett to perform in Tulsa in Jan 2017

From Tulsa World “New Margaritaville in Tulsa a place to make people happy

If you love the Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas, the one that opened Thursday in Tulsa is bigger and better.

If you love Margaritaville Cafe, Landshark Bar and Grill or the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, the ones opening in Tulsa are larger and more luxurious.

The Margaritaville Casino and Cafe, and many of the amenities that will eventually help serve guests of a 483-room hotel, opened during a star-studded grand opening on Thursday.

The only thing missing was Jimmy Buffett. And officials confirmed Buffett is tentatively scheduled to play the new Paradise Cove Theater at Margaritaville on Jan. 28.

Even though the ribbon has been cut for the casino and assorted bars and restaurants, still under construction are a 27-story hotel, 2,500-seat showroom and expansive pool deck with Margaritaville Tiki Bar and Landshark Landing Bar nestled along the Arkansas River. The “L” shaped pool will be surrounded by 120 loungers and 12 cabanas, and it will include a swim-up pool bar.

All of the resort is scheduled to be finished in January/February of 2017. That’s when Buffett, the music and lifestyle icon to millions of extremely loyal Parrotheads, is scheduled to come back to Tulsa for another ribbon-cutting, opening celebration.

Margaritaville Tulsa to open on Thursday 8/25

From Tulsa World: “Margaritaville promises to be ‘big, really big’ for Tulsa

Just inside the Margaritaville hotel’s cavernous front lobby, with an elegant check-in desk on one side and a concierge station on the other, Pat Crofts was watching video footage on a giant TV screen — 50 feet across and 16 feet tall, from the floor to the ceiling.

It was showing glitzy images of London and the Rocky Mountains and other “travel destinations” around the world. But later this week, it will be showing newly edited shots of Tulsa. Because on Thursday, when the public gets to walk past this big screen for the first time, Tulsa is going to be the travel destination, pulling tourists from across the region if not across the country.

“Tulsa doesn’t know what’s about to hit it,” Crofts said, silhouetted against the screen’s flickering light. “I mean, this is going to be big. Really big.”

With a 27-story glass tower overlooking the Arkansas River near 81st Street, the finished resort will include a 483-room hotel with a tropical theme unlike anything else in Tulsa, featuring poolside cabanas, palm trees, fire pits and a Margaritaville “Tiki Bar.” Turn left from the main entrance, and the hallway leads to the existing River Spirit Casino. Turn right and it leads to the new 50,000-square-foot Margaritaville casino and restaurant with Jimmy Buffett’s “fun-in-the-sun” aesthetic — a volcano erupts lava into a giant blender while a seaplane swoops low over the dining room.

The hotel won’t open until December; the theater and the outdoor area next to the river won’t be ready until 2017.

“People are blown away by what they’ve seen already,” said Senior Program Manager Randall Hull, who led the tour. “But they haven’t seen everything yet. Just wait.”

Margaritaville could be headed to Atlanta

You could soon be wasting away again in Margaritaville — in downtown Atlanta.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the chain — which features a laid-back vibe in menu in keeping with musician and Margaritaville partner Jimmy Buffett’s lyrics — has been working with the owners of Skyview Atlanta, the Ferris wheel across from Centennial Olympic Park, to bring the restaurant to the area around the park. The restaurant is eyeing a summer 2017 opening, though its not a done deal — the design will need to go before city officials for planning and permitting.

New Margaritaville in New Orleans gets Initial Approval

From CanalStreetBeat.com “New $7 Million Margaritaville Gets Initial Approval For Decatur Street

Last week, the design committee of the Vieux Carre Commission gave unanimous approval for a new Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at 336 Decatur Street in the French Quarter.
The $7 million project includes a new, ground up three-story building with a rooftop terrace.

Developer Logan Trotter of TMJ Group of New Orleans is seeking to demolish the former gas station at 336 Decatur Street.

The project would create 150 construction jobs and 125 to 150 permanent positions. Architects and Builders of Lafayette is the general contractor .

The next step is for developers to secure design approval from the full VCC and the Architectural Review Committee.

Norwegian adding Margaritaville to two more cruise ships

From PortHole.com: “Margaritaville at Sea Coming to Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway

Building on its success and popularity aboard Norwegian Escape, Norwegian’s newest ship, Margaritaville at Sea restaurants will be introduced aboard Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway this fall. The tropical menu features signature items like the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Who’s to Blame Margarita, and will be available à la carte in an open air-eatery with stunning ocean views.

“Norwegian Cruise Line has been bringing guests to paradise for nearly 50 years,” said Andy Stuart, president and COO for Norwegian Cruise Line. “With the expansion of our partnership with Margaritaville to our Breakaway-class ships, our guests will now be able to enjoy the island lifestyle before the ship has even left port.”

Margaritaville at Sea will open September 18 aboard Norwegian Getaway in the former Flamingo Grill, and on October 9 aboard Norwegian Breakaway in the former Uptown Grill.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line, allowing even more guests to escape to the Margaritaville state of mind,” said John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville. “Norwegian shares our philosophy that combines fun with exceptional service and we look forward to continuing to take this partnership to new sea levels.”

Norwegian first announced the partnership with Margaritaville in December 2014 during an exciting event that included a surprise performance than Jimmy Buffett himself. More recently, Norwegian announced that, building on the partnership, Great Stirrup Cay will also feature a new LandShark Bar & Grill, as will the line’s newest private island, Harvest Caye, when it opens later this year.