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Jimmy Buffett Officially Opens Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett christened the newly opened Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort (1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood) this past Saturday with a 90-minute concert that featured his greatest hits. 
The $150 million hotel/entertainment complex, which soft-opened in September, held its official grand-opening celebration this past Saturday. Fans of the singer's laid-back lifestyle partied with Buffett-branded food and drinks — sipping Margaritaville margaritas and LandShark lagers to go with their Cheeseburgers in Paradise at the resort's bars and restaurants.
The 349-room resort boasts eight bars and restaurants: Margaritaville, License to Chill Bar, Floridays Airstream Café, Lone Palm Beach Bar, LandShark Bar & Grill, Five O'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, Margaritaville Coffee Shop, and Buffett's first fine-dining establishment, JWB Prime Steak & Seafood. All restaurants and bars are open to the public except the rooftop License to Chill Bar, which is available to resort guests only. JWB Prime Steak & Seafood is expected to open in the next few weeks.
Though the afternoon looked to be a washout, with a cold front moving in squalls of heavy rain, the skies cleared in time for the singer's scheduled 4 p.m. call time. Parrotheads spilled out from the makeshift stage across from the iconic Hollywood Beach Bandshell onto the Broadwalk and any available patio and rooftop to get a clear view of Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band.
As Buffett took to the stage, he exclaimed, "I finally get to play the bandshell!" He performed a 90-minute set of his greatest hits, including "Come Monday," "Fins," and "Margaritaville" as the crowd sang along. A giant screen behind the band showed images of island scenes, volcanoes, and palm trees to go with the music.
At one point during the concert, Buffett traded in his teal-green electric guitar for an acoustic one, which he said he bought in Paris some years ago. In a tribute to Paris in the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks, he sang an introspective rendition of his 1973 song "He Went to Paris," whose lyrics tell the story of a Spanish Civil War veteran who endured multiple heartbreaks before finding peace in the islands.  

Of course, you must have a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" with your margarita. Buffett sang his love song to the sandwich with a colossal pop-art cheeseburger in the background.
Margaritavlle Hollywood Beach Resort is open daily and makes a great weekend retreat or even an afternoon staycation for people looking for a mini getaway where there's always booze in the blender.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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