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Don't pretend you haven't been counting down the days to the opening of Jimmy Buffett's new Margaritaville Casino in Atlantic City. From your cubicle at work, you've fantasized about biting into a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on the boardwalk, or playing blackjack on one of the brand new Margaritaville-themed casino tables.
Well, the wait is almost over.
Just over a month since Buffett announced plans to team up with Wyndham on a new St Thomas resort, things are gearing up in Atlantic City for a grand opening on Memorial Day weekend. The new venue will sit inside the 942-room Resorts Casino, and its entrance will be marked by a sculpture of a giant blender. (Yes, you read that right.)
Meanwhile, outside, its oceanfront Landshark Bar, will be Atlantic City's first-ever year-round full-service bar and restaurant on the sand side of the Boardwalk.
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Who says beer-drinking beach bums can't be productive? Jimmy Buffett continues to turn his passion into a profitable career, one that looks like it will outlast his singing voice (love the guy, but man, he's really going on reputation now, don't you think?).
Buffett announced on his website last week that he has teamed up with Wyndham to open a 262-unit timeshare resort on the USVI island of St. Thomas, at the former location of the Renaissance Grand Beach Resort in Smith Bay. While Buffett has two other properties - the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola and one coming in Louisiana - this will be his first in an area that has been the bread and butter of his image: The Caribbean.
And it makes sense, essentially since Buffett specifically said that it was all about appealing to his fan base, aka his "Parrot Heads." "We sell escapism," he told the Virgin Island Daily News. "(Fans have) been escaping through our music for so long, this is a real place on the beach, Margaritaville. It's about appealing to the people who've been fans for so long."
In case you didn't know it today is National Tequila Day and what better way to celebrate than by pouring yourself a margarita or rather, learning about the new Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Casino coming to the 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel on the Atlantic City boardwalk.
The Margaritaville complex will feature a casino, restaurant, Five O'clock Somewhere Bar, retail stores, LandShark Bar and Grill, a year-round beach bar complex, and their first ever coffee shop. And should you find yourself on the boardwalk wondering where Margaritaville is, it won't be hard to find as the Resorts boardwalk facade will be re-branded by Margaritaville.
Way back when in 2008 there was talk of turning the Trump Marina hotel into a Margaritaville. That never happened and the property turned into the Golden Nugget instead.
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Parrotheads, your long-awaited dream has come true. No need to escape to the Banana Republics to find a cheeseburger in paradise or waste away in Margaritaville. You don't even need to make changes in latitude to get drunk (and screw) as the first-ever Margaritaville Hotel inspired by the "lyrics and lifestyle" Jimmy Buffett will open this summer in Pensacola Beach, Fla. on the Gulf of Mexico.
There have been many talked-about locations for Margaritaville Hotel before but it looks like this hotel made it the easiest for Jimmy to agree to use his name.
According to a press release, the hotel's owner, Marilyn Hess, President of Little Sabine, Inc., was finalizing the details on this hotel last month when she had the opportunity to meet with Buffett in Panama City Beach at his Margaritaville Cafe there. She liked him, he liked her offer and as Buffett himself says, "I guess you never quite know what is going to happen when you take a road trip east on Highway 98; sometimes things come together for a reason."
Surely, hawaiian shirts, white pants, cheeseburgers, fried things and syrupy tropical cocktails will be present for the grand opening of Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber in Oahu and more appropriately, Jimmy Buffett will be the first artist to grace the stage.
Touted as the highlight of the just-completed major renovation at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber (to the tune of $21 mills), Jimmy Buffett's at The Beachcomber will fling open its soon-to-be-marg-soaked doors on February 26th. The 500-seat restaurant will be serving up margs and "signature boat drinks", fresh seafood, steaks, and paradise cheeseburgers (natch) in a "festive" tropical atmosphere think booths made to look like ocean waves. Yup. Come on, it's a Jimmy Buffett restaurant what were you expecting?
Anyway, Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber is set to throw its big grand opening bash on the evening of February 26th, with a major celebration featuring Jimmy B. himself performing an "intimate concert" for 500-600 lucky spectators. If one of those spectators simply must be you, rates at the Beachcomber start at $129.00 for the evening. Pack your Hawaiian shirt, hot stuff.
Jimmy Buffett will never die. And since with Jimmy Buffett comes hawaiian shirts, white pants, the occasional Tommy Bahama head-to-toe ensemble and cheeseburgers and highly caloric entrees and cocktails, it's safe to say that those things regardless of your affection or distaste for them will never die, either.
The Hooters Hotel & Casino has been on deathwatch for quite sometime but it looks like it will live (just barely) for another day.
The owner of the Hooters hotel, 155 E. Tropicana, was in talks to sell the property to Hedwigs Las Vegas Top Tier. However, Hedwigs failed to make a payment by June 6 which automatically terminated the deal. Yet Hooters did get about $5.5 million from Hedwigs in a non-refundable deposit and extension fees.
Of course, Hooters is not out of the woods now. East Tropicana has serious cash flow issues and has not been able to meet its debt obligations. So Hooters is on the lookout once again for some sugar daddies who want to either keep the Hooters brand in place or redevelop it completely. Hooters is easy! Whatever you want to do with them, they are ok with it.
We say, somebody should call Jimmy Buffett.
The other week we found out that the Trump Marina Hotel would turn into a Margaritaville Hotel & Casino which we thought would be the first one to open. Yet Hotel Maven PalmettoSon pointed us to the Margaritaville already in the works in Biloxi, MS.
Jimmy Buffett and Harrah's have paired up to build a massive hotel down there, one of the metro areas in Mississippi hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.
The hotel chain plans to spend more than $700 million this summer building the hotel, casino, restaurant, and cabanas, with a final budget of more than $100B. (Thassright, billion.)
The hotel will have 420 rooms in addition to the 378 rooms from the existing Casino Magic property which will be fully renovated. A full-service spa will be included (we foresee a Margarita salt scrub treatment happening here) and of course, a state-of-the-art Margaritaville Restaurant that anchors the entire property.
The hotel won't be completed until 2010 but for fanatics and parrotheads, check out the hotel's Construction-cam.
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Looks like the folks headed to Atlantic City will soon be getting Jimmy Buffett rather than Donald Trump.
The Donald Trump Entertainment Resorts company announced that it had sold Trump Marina Hotel & Casino to a New York gambling company for $316 million. Coastal Marina will then rebrand the hotel "Margaritaville" with Parrotheads in mind.
Cash from the sale will allow Trump to upgrade its two remaining casinos, pay down about $1.5 billion in debt, or invest in new properties, said Trump Chief Executive Mark Juliano. He added the company would decide how to use the proceeds during the six to nine months it will take for the deal to close and the new owners to be approved by New Jersey casino authorities.
So that means no Margaritaville for at least another year. This will be the first hotel for the Margaritaville brand which has four cafes in the US and a handful in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Now we have to ask: Does this remind anyone of Hooters Hotel in Las Vegas?
Parrotheads-in-Training and their Parrothead Parents listen up: Your hero Jimmy Buffett has just released a new book, called Swine Not?, about a family who lives with a pet pig inside the Carlyle Hotel. And the story was actually inspired by a family who once lived in the hotel with their pet pig.
When the McBrides move to Manhattan, Rumpy takes surreptitious walks on the hotel roof, wears a dog suit to Central Park, outwits the villainous chef of the hotel restaurant and provides narration for half the book (the other half being told by the family's soccer-loving son, Barley). The feel-good plot nominally revolves around Rumpy's quest to find her brother in New York, though really it's just an excuse for Buffett to offer his laid-back commentary on life through the eyes of the pig and the boy (whose voices as narrators are exactly the same).
So through Rumpy the pig, Buffett is telling his own experiences with New York in this fish (pig) out of water tale which is aimed for tweens.
In real life, the Carlyle is pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome so long as they are under 25 pounds (would Tank make it?) and a $50 fee is required. here is a $50 per night fee. Canine guests (under 25 lbs.) The dogs do get pet beds, food bowls, treats and Fiji water.
But the Carlyle may want to tighten up their pet policy going forward. We have a feeling a lot of pigs will try and check-in here.