July 1, 2013–
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 1, 2013)— The Island in Pigeon Forge, a new retail and entertainment development located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is very pleased to announce Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville as its newest tenant. The Margaritaville Restaurant will offer patrons a laid back atmosphere inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, featuring island-inspired casual dining, a bar and live entertainment along with a retail store.
“To say our partners are excited about having Margaritaville on The Island is an understatement. Their commitment to providing guests with a fun experience in a family-friendly environment is a perfect fit for The Island,” said Bob McManus, partner in The Island development.
Pigeon Forge Mayor, David Wear commented, “Margaritaville has locations from Key West to Montego Bay to Waikiki, so it’s a real treat to see Pigeon Forge added to that impressive list. Margaritaville’s decision to open here is a testament to Pigeon Forge’s strength as a tourism destination, and I am delighted to welcome them to town. I look forward to the entertainment, job creation and boost to the economy that Margaritaville represents.”
The restaurant is slated to open on the south end of The Island by Valentine’s Day, 2014. More details will be available this summer.
About The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is a 22-acre mixed use entertainment development that opened Phase 1 in June 2013, with a total investment of over $100 million. It features established eateries, attractions and shops such as: Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Island Yogurt, The Fudgery, Poynor’s Pommes Frites, Timberwood Grill, Mellow Mushroom, Dude’s Daiquiris, Arcade City, The Flying Horse Carousel, The Euro-Bungy Dome, The Island Trading Post and The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Gift Shop. Phase 2 will begin construction in the fall with an anticipated spring 2014 opening and is set to feature a $2.7 million show fountain covering 11,000 square feet, and a 132 room four star hotel.
The centerpiece of the development is The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, the largest observation wheel in Tennessee. The ride’s experience provides visitors panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains in one of 42 climate-controlled gondolas which seat 6 – 8 guests. The 20 minute event becomes even more spectacular at night with an electrifying LED light show with over 1 million lights.
The Island in Pigeon Forge is located on the Parkway at 130 The Island Drive adjacent to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. Pigeon Forge is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States.
Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a cross-generational yearning for an island adventure, the brand is comprised of restaurants, casinos, hotels, retail stores, consumer products, a diversified beverage portfolio and a national radio station on Sirius/XM. Margaritaville delivers a tropical experience where guests can escape and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of their favorite destination regardless of their current latitude. Since launching its first location in Key West in 1987, Margaritaville has expanded to 25 of the most popular U.S. and international destinations, including: New Orleans, Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, Glendale, AZ, Pensacola, Nashville, Biloxi, Cincinnati, Mohegan Sun Casino, Chicago, Honolulu and Atlantic City. A Margaritaville Casino, 400 room hotel and resort opened in Bossier City in June of 2013 and the first Margaritaville Vacation Club Resort is scheduled to open in St. Thomas in late 2014. International locations can be found in the Caribbean, Mexico, the Republic of Panama, Canada and Australia. Margaritaville Hospitality Group is headquartered in Orlando, FL and employs more than 2500 people worldwide.