Buffett spends New Year’s Eve with Paul McCartney

From the New York Post: “How the biggest celebrities spent New Year’s Eve

The most over-the-top New Year’s Eve bash on the jet-set circuit was once again Roman Abramovich’s soiree in St. Barts, where guests welcomed 2017 as Sir Paul McCartney sang “Auld Lang Syne” with Jimmy Buffett.

The Beatle had climbed onstage as a surprise performer earlier in the evening during a set by the Killers held in a villa in the Gustavia section of the island.

McCartney captured the audience’s stunned response, saying from the stage, “What is going on?” before he and the band’s lead singer, Brandon Flowers, performed The Beatles’ 1968 hit, “Helter Skelter.” The rock ’n’ roll icon was also spotted dancing up a storm with his wife, Nancy Shevell, on the villa’s terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

The Russian billionaire’s other guests included model Karlie Kloss, Stella McCartney, actress Carey Lowell, Calvin Klein, Jann Wenner, photographer Johnny Pigozzi, and John McEnroe and his wife, Patty Smyth.

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More details on the Gatlinburg Margaritaville

From the Knoxville News Sentinel: “Work starts on Gatlinburg Margaritaville

Rising in the Best Western’s place, on a 5-acre site including The Island in the Pigeon River, will be the seven-story Margaritaville Resort in the Smokies.

The $35 million project, with 174 rooms that can hold 500 guests altogether, will match The Island’s Caribbean-casual theme.

“We’re all part of the Jimmy Buffett hospitality family,” McManus said. It will be “the hammock” for people to relax in after “the fun” of downtown Gatlinburg’s adjacent attractions, he said, quoting more taglines from the singer.

The Island 8 miles away has been a big success in Pigeon Forge, and McManus and his partners expect as much or more in Gatlinburg, he said.

Fronting on the Parkway will be a LandShark Grill restaurant that is expected to open this spring, on the former Hard Rock Café site; and the resort as a whole should open in July 2018.

Demolition of the old hotel started Dec. 13 – only four days after Gatlinburg reopened to visitors – and construction of the new resort will start in the next few months, according to the news release.

The Margaritaville Resort is intended to become one of the few four-diamond resorts in Sevier County, Davis said.

The hotel will have another restaurant of its own, a coffee shop, retail store, 4,000-square-foot outdoor pool, water slide and splash pad, hot tub, heated indoor pool, and a “St. Somewhere” spa – named for Buffett’s most recent album.

In the entryway plans call for a fountain, featuring a colorful parrot reclining in a margarita glass. That’s McManus’ favorite touch, he said

Though it won’t completely open for 18 months (Spring 2018), the Margaritaville Resort and associated restaurants should provide 150 new jobs, McManus said.

Margaritaville resort coming to Gatlinburg TN

From the Knoxville Sun Sentinel: “Margaritaville resort coming to Gatlinburg

A new resort, dubbed Margaritaville, will go up soon on the site of the former Best Western Twin Islands at 539 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

Demolition on the closed Best Western has already begun, according to Lauren Miller of Knoxville P.R. firm Moxley Carmichael.

The new Margaritaville resort is the work of Margaritaburg LLC, headed by Knoxville developer Bob McManus, who has been behind several vacation-related businesses in the area.

More information, including renderings of the Margaritaville resort, is to be released Friday.