Margaritaville Opens in Panama City Beach

The News Herald has an article and a video clip on the opeing of the newest Margaritaville: "Cheeseburgers and more in paradise"

Jimmy Buffett hasn’t arrived yet, but spring breakers, families and other parrotheads attended the opening of Buffett’s Margaritaville in Pier Park on Wednesday.

Balloon hats rested comfortably on top of several patrons’ noggins, while bartenders served up interestingly named drinks, including Why Don’t We Get Drunk & …, Last Mango in Paris and Off to See the Lizard.

“It’s gotta be ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise,’” said Robert Cocco, 20, referring not to the $8.95 meal but rather to his favorite Buffett tune. Cocco and several other spring breakers said the new restaurant was “awesome.”

“Always liked him,” Craig Rich, a Eureka (Ill.) College student, said of Buffett. “I love just being on the beach and hanging out having a good time.”

Manager Mike Whitmer said the restaurant’s live entertainment and atmosphere will be competing for the Spring Break dollar. “We think we’ll see some of them,” he said. “I know that’s a big part of March in Panama City Beach.”