Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Company typeHolding company
IndustryHospitality
Founded1985 (Key West, Florida)
FounderJimmy Buffett
Headquarters,
United States
Number of locations
  • 23: Margaritaville
  • 1: JWB Prime Steak and Seafood
  • 7: 5 o'clock Somewhere Bar & Grill
Key people
Jonathan Cohlan
Owner
  • Margaritaville Holdings LLC
  • International Meal Co. 50% (Restaurants)
  • Coral Hospitality LLC 50% (Hotels and Resorts)
Websitewww.margaritaville.com

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is a United States–based hospitality company that manages and franchises a casual dining American restaurant chain, retail stores selling Jimmy Buffett–themed merchandise, and hotels.

The brand is named after Buffett's hit song "Margaritaville" and is owned by Margaritaville Holdings LLC (a subsidiary of Cheeseburger Holding Company, LLC). There are locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, six island locations throughout the Caribbean as well as in Sydney, Australia, since September 2012.

Some locations are franchise-owned, such as the Caribbean, Australian, and Mexican locations. In 2014, a Brazilian company bought 12 Margaritaville restaurants and the rights to expand the company in the U.S.[1]

History[edit]

In 1985, singer Jimmy Buffett opened his first successful "Margaritaville" retail store in Key West, Florida, following a failed Margaritaville in Gulf Shores, Alabama.[2][3] In 2002, he expanded his business ventures by partnering with Outback Steakhouse to develop the first Cheeseburger in Paradise Restaurant in Southport, Indiana.

In late 2006, Buffett announced on the website that the Margaritaville Cafes will no longer purchase or serve Canadian seafood products, as a protest to Canada's treatment of seals.[4]

On May 15, 2007, Harrah's Entertainment, now Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced plans to build the $700 million Margaritaville Casino Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi on the site of the former Grand Casino Biloxi and Casino Magic Biloxi properties.[5] Due to the U.S. recession, however, construction of the casino ceased on June 10, 2008.[6]

On January 12, 2011, following the announcement of the new partnership between MVB Holdings and the Brosig, Sekul and Sims families, for the differently planned Biloxi, Mississippi, casino, John Payne, Caesars Entertainment Corp. central division president, stated, "We are disappointed that our project with Margaritaville will not proceed."[7] This casino eventually opened, then closed a few years later.[when?] Recently, a Margaritaville resort opened on Highway 90 at the location of the old Grand Casino.[when?] This new resort does not have a casino.

Locations[edit]

Margaritaville[edit]

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Key West, Florida
Margaritaville Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Margaritaville Nashville, Tennessee
Dockside at Margaritaville in Cozumel at sunset

Landshark Bar & Grill[edit]

Landshark Bar & Grill Myrtle Beach

Air Margaritaville[edit]

Airport Lounge Restaurants

Retail outlets[edit]

As of February 2020, United States retail store locations are in Key West; New Orleans; Orlando; Las Vegas; Myrtle Beach; Glendale (state not listed); Panama City Beach, Florida; Mohegan Sun; Honolulu; Pensacola Beach; Nashville; and Chicago. The newest concept, a "Landshark Surfshack Retail Shop" opened May 17, 2011 at the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel attraction. Mexico's retail locations are in Cancun and Cozumel. Canada's retail location is in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Caribbean retail locations in the British West Indies are in Montego Bay (including two "Air Margaritaville" locations at Sangster International Airport), Negril and Ocho Rios on the island of Jamaica; Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and George Town, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.[8][9][10][11]

Vacation Clubs[edit]

Nested in the Caribbean, specifically St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, are vacation clubs operated by Margaritaville.[12]

Hotels[edit]

Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach, FL

On June 28, 2010, the Margaritaville Beach Hotel (pictured to the right) opened on Pensacola Beach. The former site of a Holiday Inn, destroyed by Hurricane Ivan on September 16, 2004,[13] Margaritaville Hotel sits on over 800 feet of gulf-front property. An additional 800 feet overlooks the bay. The beachfront hotel features 'barefoot elegance' with 162 guest rooms, including 24 Corner King Executive rooms with wrap-around balconies.[14]

Future phased-plans include an adjacent free-standing Margaritaville Cafe restaurant and a bayside waterpark.[15]

Plans for a second and third Margaritaville Beach Hotel were announced in 2010. The second, still in the planning stages, would be located in Myrtle Beach.[16]

The 349-room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort opened in 2015 in Hollywood, Florida.[17]

In Early 2016, Margaritaville Resort Biloxi in South Mississippi opened. The building that stands was once the Casino Magic that's life got wiped away by Hurricane Katrina. Giving the building a new life, has been a great addition to the Gulf Coast. Margaritaville Biloxi has a 55,000 sq. ft. arcade with over 200 games for kids and adult alike. Along with 271 spacious rooms (balconies, suites, bunk bed rooms, etc.), Margaritaville in Biloxi has a 450-foot lazy river, lounge pool, slides that twist and turn, gigantic flip flops you can hop across, water ropes course, and a swimup bar.

The Margaritaville Island Hotel opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2015 followed by Margaritaville Island Inn in 2017. The Margaritaville Resort opened in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 2018.

Margaritaville Lake of the Ozarks opened in the Spring of 2019 and offers a wide variety of bars, restaurants, water activities, golf, etc.- all right on the Lake. It has a large outdoor pool, tiki bar, marina as well as indoor waterpark and even horseback riding.[18]

In late 2020, the first Margaritaville Resort on the West Coast opened in Palm Springs, California.[19]

In spring 2021, Margaritaville Resort Times Square, New York opened. The resort is the northernmost resort in the chain, and it opened alongside 5 restaurants. It feature a Tropical NYC atmosphere and a 50-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty holding a Margarita. The resort also feature New York's only year-round outdoor pool on one of its decks.[20]

In April 2023, Newport, Kentucky's Board of Commissioners revealed that a new Margaritaville Resort Project has officially gotten the go-ahead from Newport City Commissioners. Plans now call for the resort, which includes 264 hotel rooms, three restaurants, and a rooftop pool, to be built and opened to guests in 2026.[21]

Margaritaville opened its first adults-only all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya in June 2023.[22]

Casinos[edit]

Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana

The Las Vegas Margaritaville at the Flamingo has expanded to include its very own 15,000-square-foot Margaritaville-branded casino. The casino was scheduled to open October 1, 2011.[23]

On June 22, 2011, Paradise Casino LLC unveiled plans for the Margaritaville Resort Casino to be built in Bossier City, Louisiana. The complex, a $170 million, 400-room resort, would include an 18-story hotel tower, 1,000-seat entertainment complex with a VIP balcony and an outdoor tropical area visible to the north from the Louisiana Boardwalk.[24][25]

In March 2013, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation announced that its River Spirit Casino on the Arkansas River in Tulsa would become a Margaritaville Casino as part of a $250 million project that would also add a 22-story, 500-room luxury tower to the existing facility.[26]

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach[edit]

Latitude Margaritaville is a $1 billion retirement village in Daytona Beach, Florida.[27][28] The project is a joint venture between Minto Communities and Buffett's Margaritaville Holdings, with the development being built on land close to LPGA Boulevard and about a mile to the west from Interstate-95.[27]

Phase one of the community will have 400 homes with a potential of 6,900 homes, once the project is completed. As of March 2018, 250 lots have been sold with prices between the low $200,000s to the mid $300,000s. The community will have a pet salon, grocery store, and a private beach when it opens in April 2018.[27]

Since opening in Daytona, two other locations have been announced; Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head, South Carolina and Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, Florida. Hilton Head offers a wide range of home designs and floor plans. Amenities will include a resort-style pool, fitness center, social hall, game and hobby rooms, arts and learning programs, indoor and outdoor dining with signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts, tennis and pickleball courts, and a 290,000-square-foot Margaritaville retail center. Phase one is currently underway with 203 home sites. Current plans call for 3,000+ homes once the community is complete.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound broke ground in 2019 and will be the third of the communities to be developed.

Cruises[edit]

On December 8, 2021 it was announced that a partnership was reached with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Margaritaville. The cruise line was rebranded as Margaritaville at Sea and the line's sole ship, the Grand Classica was renamed as Margaritaville at Sea Paradise following a multimillion dollar refit in 2022. Many of the ship's interiors and venues were rebranded to match the Margaritaville brand and décor. It currently operates 3 day/2 night cruises from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island.[29][30][31]

In popular culture[edit]

Margaritaville is featured in the 2015 film Jurassic World as one of the restaurants in the fictional theme park, with Buffett himself making a cameo appearance as one of the guests running away from the Pteranodon attack.[32]

In 2023, YouTube content creators Eddy Burback and Ted Nivison took a road trip to visit and eat at every single Margaritaville in the United States and Canada, chronicling their journeys in two separate videos, similar to their adventure the previous year visiting every Rainforest Cafe in North America.[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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