Margaritaville Restaurants…SOLD!

This story originally broke back in December 2013 but the purchase deal has since been revised to include ALL USA Margaritaville locations including 100% ownership of the Las Vegas Flamingo location and Orlando Universal Studios location. It also now includes the Landshark Grills located in Myrtle Beach & Atlantic City.

Margaritaville enterprise will continue to control all of their other value-added brands including food, alcohol, hotels, casinos, footwear, apparel, blenders, and all of the other junk Buffett sells under the name “Margaritaville”.

International Meal Company and Margaritaville Join Forces To Grow Captive Markets In America

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MIAMI, April 4, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ – International Meal Company (Bovespa:IMCH3) is pleased to announce its first joint venture entry into the United States restaurant market. In an effort to expand and strengthen its existing strategic relationship, IMC has joined forces with Margaritaville Enterprises, a leading destination restaurant company. Under the agreement, IMC is purchasing domestic restaurant assets of Margaritaville, including the iconic Las Vegas location at the famed Flamingo hotel in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, and the operations of twelve signature Margaritaville and LandShark Bar and Grill locations throughout the U.S. As part of its strategic alliance with IMC, Margaritaville will continue to play an on-going role in the restaurant business and provide branding, development, and other services.

IMC has successfully worked with the Margaritaville brand since 2010. IMC currently owns and operates Margaritaville franchise locations at airports in Puerto Rico and Panama with future locations coming to Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Viracopos, Brazil in 2014. Additionally, in conjunction with Margaritaville, IMC has future plans to open additional restaurants across the country, including airports and other captive market locations. As part of this strategic alliance, IMC will have exclusive rights to develop and own Margaritaville venues in the United States and Latin America. At these current and future locations, IMC looks forward to continuing to work within the overall brand management framework of Margaritaville Enterprises that has been successfully created over the years.

“Music to me is the true universal language. The song Margaritaville has taken me to places I never dreamt I would go. Now our success in the restaurant business is taking us all on a new and exciting voyage with our new friends and partners at IMC,” Jimmy Buffett said of the alliance. “As a sailor and a flyer, I have always been interested in exploring new ports and new places, and now Margaritaville restaurants will follow in that wake. Our relationship with Javier Gavilan – CEO, Juan Carlos Torres – Chairman, and all the people at IMC over the past several years in our operations in the Caribbean and Central America have set the stage for this new phase and I only see good things for our friends, our employees, and most of all our customers happening as a result of this arrangement. To paraphrase a song I am a little familiar with, we are taking our attitudes to new latitudes. So, let the fin begin.”

Javier Gavilan, CEO of IMC, commented, “This strategic alliance is about growing a powerful brand, in segments where we have a lot of experience and a proven track record; airports will be our first priority to develop this great brand and we have already found some very exciting opportunities. We have been partners with Margaritaville in Panama and Puerto Rico. As we got to know Margaritaville’s outstanding team through that relationship, we found they shared IMC’s values of integrity, concern for employees, and commitment to delivering exceptional value and restaurant experience to our customers. Add to this the company’s powerful brand presence, growth potential, and the loyalty the brand inspires in its customers, and we found in Margaritaville the ideal platform for establishing our U.S. presence as a leader in the captive market sector of the restaurant business and food and beverage business at airports.”

Margaritaville Enterprises’ CEO John Cohlan added, “We have built all of our businesses on great strategic partnerships. As we came to know Javier and the IMC group better from developing our international locations, we realized what a great opportunity it would be for both organizations to expand our partnership and grow our businesses together.”

ABOUT IMC

International Meal Company Holdings S.A. (Bovespa:IMCH3) is the leading multi-brand casual and quick-service restaurant operator in Latin America with more than 386 company-owned restaurants and approximately 13,000 employees in Brazil, the Caribbean, and Mexico. IMC’s footprint is focused on captive markets with high underlying growth with a strong presence in airports, highways, and shopping malls.

In Brazil, IMC operates its flagship brands Frango Assado and Viena, in the highway and shopping mall sector. These two restaurant brands combined have almost 100 years in the market and are well recognized by customers for their quality of food and service. For the airport segment, IMC has a portfolio of restaurant concepts and well-recognized brands ensuring that they deploy the best format to meet the needs of their customers and the requirements of airport operators.

The company was started in 2006 with the vision of becoming the leading provider of quick quality meals for customers in captive markets in Brazil and Latin America with an aggressive growth plan consolidating highly fragmented markets. Leading the experienced management team is CEO, Javier Gavilan, who has been with the company since its inception. Since 2006, IMC has worked with Advent International, an experienced global private equity firm with over US$24 billion in cumulative capital raised, successfully implementing the company’s expansion strategy.

IMC has successfully pursued a strategy of rapid and profitable growth, driven by organic expansion of operations and the accretive acquisition of high quality casual dining chains in the segments and geographic markets in which they operate. In the past 7 years, IMC has opened over 200 new stores and acquired and integrated more than 10 companies in Brazil and Latin America.

ABOUT MARGARITAVILLE

Margaritaville delivers an experience where guests can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of their favorite vacation destination, whatever their latitude. Inspired by the lyrics and philosophy of Jimmy Buffett, this leading lifestyle brand is comprised of restaurants, retail shops, consumer products, casinos, resorts, vacation ownership, and a national radio station on SiriusXM.

Since launching its first location in Key West in 1987, Margaritaville has expanded to the most popular U.S. and international destinations, including: Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, Nashville, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Chicago, Atlantic City and Destin. International locations can be found in the Caribbean, Mexico, the Republic of Panama, Canada, and Australia. LandShark Bar and Grill locations include Myrtle Beach and Atlantic City. New Margaritaville locations are opening this summer in Pigeon Forge, TN and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Margaritaville Hotels and/or Casinos are located in Pensacola Beach, Biloxi, Bossier City, and Las Vegas.

Parrot Head Club’s Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary Today!

PHiP_Logo_smallTwenty five years ago today, the first official Jimmy Buffett fan club was sanctioned in Atlanta. Founder Scott Nickerson had spent months working with Margaritaville and Jimmy Buffett’s people to authorize the Atlanta PHC. Their discussions laid out a framework to authorize other PHCs nationwide.

One year to the day later the 2nd official PHC was founded in St. Louis. It would take over 4 years before the official PHC count would reach double digits.

A lot has changed in the years since. The Palmetto PHC became the 3rd South Carolina PHC in 1997 (founder Linda Martin).

Today “This madness…has blossomed to a network of over 200 clubs around the U.S. plus international clubs based in Canada and Australia. ”

So raise a toast tonight to Scott Nickerson and the Atlanta PHC for starting it all 25 years ago. I know I am thankful for their efforts. The last 17 years of fun and friendship I have enjoyed by being part of the Palmetto Parrot Head Club have been a blast!

Fins Up!

Scott French
palmettoparrots@hotmail.com

Parrot Heads In Paradise: http://www.phip.com
PHiP Club Founders Page: http://www.phip.com/Founders.asp

Posted by: “Bob Heffelfinger” bluedog94@yahoo.com bluedog94
Date: Tue Apr 1, 2014 12:40 pm ((PDT))

The Atlanta Parrot Head Club (Sandy Springs, GA) is 25 years old today!

The St. Louis Parrot Head Club (St. Louis, MO) is 24 years old today !!

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU !!!

Party With PAALS – Un-Gala 2014: Dog-Aritaville

PAALS_032214_Dogaritaville_FeaturedTICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
March 22, 2014. South Carolina State Museum. 7PM.
The theme has been set! The space reserved! The entertainment planned!
Don’t miss Columbia’s party of the year:
Party with PAALS – UN-Gala 2014: DOG-ARITAVILLE
The 2014 UN-Gala will be at the same location as last year: The South Carolina State Museum. (Yes, we were surprised they wanted us to come back too!) The event will start at 7PM, so don’t be late!

As usual there will be plenty of food, music, fun & games, silent and live auctions and — of course — an open bar with adult beverages.

We have made some major changes this year for event check-in and for auction purchase check-out. We think you will be pleased how much more quickly and smoothly both of these processes will move in 2014.

So start planning your costume now. The possibilities are endless. Just look deep into your closet for your best (i.e. most outlandish beach/Caribbean wear) and put together your outfit. Or just come as you are. We won’t care. And you’ll have fun no matter how you are dressed!

Music for Dog-aritaville will be provided by Tsunami Wave Riders.

Tickets are $60 per person. However, advance purchase tickets are available through March 8th are only $40 per person.

Special pricing is available for PAALS volunteers. If you are a volunteer and haven’t received your special invitation, let us know and we’ll get you the information.

PPHC 17th Anniversary Flip-Flop Bar Hop (Sat., Feb. 22nd)

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All Parrot Heads are invited to celebrate the PPHC’s 17th Anniversary at our Flip-Flop Bar Hop through Columbia’s Vista this Saturday, February 22. We will meet at the Tin Roof (Senate Street) @ 3pm.

What better way to celebrate National Margarita Day then to phlock with friends.

We will have door prizes, trivia and we will be giving out our 2013 Club Golden Coconut Awards!

So grab your best Parrot Head and PPHC attire and join us this Saturday.

We are suggesting an itinerary below but we might find ourselves wandering once the libations begin to flow.

  1. Meet at Tin Roof (Senate St)
  2. Take a left out of Tin Roof and walk 1 1/2 block to The Wild Hare (Lincoln St)
  3. Take a right out of The Wild Hare and walk 1 ½ blocks to Wet Willies (Gervais St.)
  4. Take a right out of Wet Willies and walk 1 block to Liberty Tap Room (Gervais St.)
  5. Take a right out of Liberty Tap Room and walk about 1½ blocks to Flying Saucer Bar (Park St.)
  6. Take a right out of Flying Saucer and walk ½ block back to Tin Roof.

Tin Roof
1022 Senate St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 771-1558

Jimmy Buffett 2014 tour dates keep rolling out

From Buffettworld.com:

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SAT 04.19.14 Tampa, FL MidFlorida CU Amphitheater
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TUE 04.22.14 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater
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THU 04.24.14 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
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SAT 04.26.14 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
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SAT 05.24.14 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
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THU 05.29.14 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
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SAT 05.31.14 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
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SAT 07.19.14 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
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MON 07.21.14 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Amphitheater
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WED 07.23.14 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
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FRI 09.26.14 Paris, France La Cigale
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SAT 09.27.14 Paris, France La Cigale
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Lowcountry PHC Mardi Crawl Details (March 22 – Charleston, SC)

MardiCrawl_2014The Lowcountry Parrot Head Club in Charleston SC invites you to join us on March 22nd for MardiCrawl 2014, our tenth annual Mardi Gras-themed Pub Crawl event. Join us on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant for a day of “partying with a purpose” at Charleston’s premier Mardi Gras event.

Start out by registering/checking in at Red’s Ice House, the host restaurant, and then “crawl” your way to our five other partner venues located on Shem Creek. All participating restaurants will have food and drink specials, games, beads, music, and all sorts of fun. Free water taxi service between restaurants, with views of the dolphins in Shem Creek.

Afterparty back at Reds Ice House with the Dave Landeo Band playing on the deck of the Palmetto Breeze. Registration is $25 in advance and includes a commemorative long sleeve t-shirt designed just for this event, and entry into our Grand Prize drawing. All proceeds go to support local charities.

To register or for more information, including local hotels, go to: www.lcparrotheads.org/mardi-crawl

Bill Eiser, President

First 2014 Buffett tour dates released

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From BuffettNews.com:

Jimmy and the Coral Reefers will be heading to Tampa on Saturday, April 19th and to West Palm Beach on Saturday, April 26th! Both shows go on sale at Ticketmaster on Friday, January 31st.

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (FL State Fairgrounds), Tampa, FL
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Onsale: Fri, 01/31/14 10:00 AM EST

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Onsale: Fri, 01/31/14 10:00 AM EST

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
La Cigale, Paris, France
Friday September 26 & Saturday, September 27, 2014

Exclusive presale Wednesday, January 15th at 10am at gdp.fr