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Margarita Musician Opens Restaurant in Waikiki

No stranger to island life, it looks like laid back Jimmy Buffett will be cruising back to Hawaii. His new restaurant “Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber” will soon occupy a spot on Kalakaua Avenue. In a partnership with Outrigger Enterprises, this is the first Hawaiian business venture for the singer.

“From the first time I surfed a wave in Waikiki, I began to figure out I could spend more time in Hawaii. I have written many songs and stories inspired by my time here, I can’t wait to see what the future holds,” stated Buffett in the Honolulu Advertiser.

The $15 million restaurant will take up more than 21,000 square feet in an area that was home to the late Don Ho’s musical performances. The deal is part of a larger $21 million renovation of the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel.

Aside from his music career, Buffett is a best selling writer and is involved in several restaurant ventures named after his two most popular songs, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville”. Currently with restaurants open in New Orleans, Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Mexico and the Caribbean, Buffett has plans to launch Panama City Beach, Mohegan Sun and Waikiki later this fall. It is so ironic that the man made famous from such songs as “License to Chill” and “Its 5 O’clock Somewhere”, is busy running his perse business empire.

Posted by: Abby Lapointe on Feb 22, 2008