The Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is closer than ever to its grand opening, slated for summer 2015.
When it opens, the $175 million playground based on Jimmy Buffett's songs and toes-in-the-sand lifestyle will boast 349 guest rooms, including the 2,649-square-foot Coral Reefer suite and the even more massive 2,834-square-foot Jimmy Buffett suite. The resort also features an 11,000-square-foot spa and 30,000 square feet of function space (think of many Parrothead-themed weddings, although holding business meetings at a Jimmy Buffett-themed resort seems counterintuitive).
The fully formed resort will also harbor several pools, including one that's landshark-themed, and a FlowRider surfing simulator.
Even more interesting are the eight bars and restaurants slated to open at the resort — all of them Buffett-themed. The restaurants will be helmed by food and beverage director Tim Arnold and executive chef Andres Teran.
Arnold has two decades of hotel and restaurant experience, including serving as hotel director for Miami's Canyon Ranch. Teran's 15-year résumé includes Shula's Steakhouse at the Alexander Hotel in Miami Beach, Ocean Point Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles, Morton's Steakhouse in North Miami, and the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Arnold notes that “chef Andres is an exceptional addition to our team. His experience, technique, leadership skills, and understanding of restaurant operations give him the perfect edge to curate a remarkable gastronomic experience in paradise, at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. We are thrilled to have him onboard.”
Here's a breakdown of all the restaurants and bars we can look forward to when Margaritaville in Hollywood finally opens.
Buffett opened his flagship Margaritaville café in Key West in the 1980s, and the restaurant, a colorful beachy burger and beer shack, quickly took off — mostly because of the frequent Buffett sightings. The restaurant, which now has nearly two dozen locations including Orlando, Atlantic City, New Orleans, and Grand Cayman, features a menu based on Buffett's songs. Feast on a Cheeseburger in Paradise or Lava Lava shrimp, and wash it down with a Last Mango in Paris or a Booze in the Blender — a frozen margarita served in a take-home blender-shaped cup.
JWB Prime Steak and Seafood
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort will introduce a new restaurant concept with its 142-seat JWB Prime Steak and Seafood. The menu will feature fresh spear-caught fish, a raw bar, and prime steaks paired with hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list. The restaurant, named after James William Buffett, is the resort's foray into the fine-dining market.
Floridays Airstream Café
Named after Buffett's 1986 album and song, this refurbished Airstream trailer will be located on the beach level of the resort and will feature light bites like premium hot dogs, snacks, and beverages — all inspired by Buffett's travels.
LandShark Bar & Grill
Inspired by the traditional beach bars of the Atlantic Coast, LandShark Bar & Grill will be located on the oceanfront deck of the property. Grab a beer (LandShark, perhaps?) and watch the ocean or people wiping out on the nearby FlowRider.
License to Chill Bar
Located on the 11th floor, this rooftop bar and grill will also feature a pool and views of the Atlantic. The License to Chill bar will be open only to resort guests and event attendees.
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5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill
This rustic indoor-outdoor dockside bar located on the Intracoastal Waterway will feature a waterfront beach, a fire pit, and cocktails. The bar will host daily sunset rituals and will have a Water Taxi stop.
Lone Palm Beach Bar
This tiki bar will feature walk-up service from the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk and will serve cocktails, beers, and Cheeseburgers in Paradise.
Margaritaville Coffee Shop
This breakfast spot features the resort's own Margaritaville signature gourmet coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and other light bites.