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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Coming to 'Music City'

Tennessee's first Jimmy Buffett restaurant brings a new dining and entertainment experience to Honky Tonk Row in the heart of Nashville's downtown district

Press Release Source: Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville On Monday February 22, 2010, 4:25 pm EST
NASHVILLE, Tenn.Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- World-renowned singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, along with Corner Partnership, have unveiled plans to bring "Margaritaville to Music City" by opening the first Margaritaville Restaurant in Tennessee in downtown Nashville. Visitors and residents will both enjoy the atmosphere of adventure and escape, live music, island inspired menu and of course those famous "frozen concoctions".  "It's much more than a restaurant; it's a state of mind" and an exceptionally good time for anyone from families to "Parrot Heads".
"Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is one of the most iconic and beloved brand names in the world, and we are excited to partner with Margaritaville Enterprises in this venture," said Mark Bloom, a partner in Nashville-based Corner Partnership, along with Ronnie Scott and Larry Papel, who owns the building at 322 Broadway. "This is another important step in the ongoing private investment and development of downtown Nashville."
The new Margaritaville Nashville will be housed in a historic building on the corner of 4th and Broadway, just across from the famous Ryman Auditorium.
On the first level will be the "License to Chill Bar", inspired by Jimmy's hit country album of the same name. "Chill's" window walls will slide back, opening up to the streets, allowing the passing crowds to catch a bit of music and the guests inside to enjoy the action on the Avenue.
The heart of the ground level space will be "Conky Tonkin' Dining", expressing Jimmy's love of boating, flying and adventure.  Jimmy's famous flying Albatross Sea Plane will glide over, a regatta of exotic vessels including sailboats, fishing boats, and a shrimp boat inspired by Jimmy's Shrimp Boat Studios in Key West.  Banquette seating along with a collection of "floating tables" will provide great views to the ground level Performance Stage with its metal canopy, rustic wood deck and incredible sound system.
Adjacent to "Conky Tonkin' Dining" will be the "Tiki Room". This area (which is also ideal for small private parties and functions) will provide guests with the ultimate exotic dining and drinking experience. Palm trees, thatch roofs, bamboo and escapism murals will transport guests to their private "getaway".
The second level will have the feel of a rockin' country concert hall with tall ceilings and ornate windows. The main room will have the potential to be divided for multiple events and parties. The Concert Stage itself will be large enough to host major bands and concert performances and will have a state of the art sound and lighting system. Traditional seating arrangements will be available for dining, but on those special nights when one ofNashville's emerging artists, a country music legend or Jimmy hits the Margaritaville stage the entire floor can be set up to increase capacity and provide a wonderful concert environment.
The upper level will also be home to the "Cowboy in The Jungle Bar". Here guest will be treated to the perfect blend of country and the tropics. Unique saddle seating, tropical vegetation, murals, and dimensional artifacts will offer a wonderful place for a private party and great views of the Concert Stage.
"I've been thinking about opening in Nashville for a long time, it's where my music career began.  It's a very diverse place, and it's a natural thing to put a stage in.  You never know who's going to show up," said Buffett, who formerly lived in Nashville and is committed to offering a venue for up-and-coming musicians to showcase their musical talents through Margaritaville's nightly entertainment showcases. Jimmy Buffett's restaurant will provide more of what visitors and residents want – a great place for music and entertainment.
"Margaritaville coming to Nashville will be great for our city, not only in terms of tourism, but also in creating jobs and boosting the local economy," said Mayor Karl Dean. "This restaurant will fit in perfectly with our fantastic music scene, and I'm happy to add Margaritaville to the growing list of things downtown Nashvillehas on the horizon."
About Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
The atmosphere is inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, whose evocative songs inspire a cross-generational yearning for an island adventure.  The Margaritaville experience invites guests to come and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of their favorite destination without leaving town.
The Margaritaville Nashville location will be the 10th in the United States.  Located in some of the most popular destinations,  Jimmy Buffett's restaurants in the U.S. include Margaritaville Restaurants  in:  Key West, Orlando and Panama City Beach, FL.Myrtle Beach, SC; at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CN.New OrleansLas Vegas; and Glendale, AZ and Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber in Honolulu. Additional locations can be found in JamaicaMexico, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman and coming soon, Niagara Falls, Canada and Nashville, Tenn. Visit www.margaritaville.comIt's not just a restaurant; it's a state of mind!


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