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Margaritaville closing after more than 20 years on Las Vegas Strip

Updated March 20, 2024 - 3:26 pm

Come June, there won’t be any more wasting away in Margaritaville, at least not on the Strip.

Since 2003, the restaurant has occupied a street-front space (about 30,000 square feet today) at the Flamingo. But because of the expiration of its lease, the restaurant is closing its doors, and the final day of service will be June 1, said Chris Blatz, senior director of marketing at IMCMV Holdings Inc., which does business as Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

Blatz said the restaurant was “saddened by the closure, but the team is actively exploring new opportunities for the brand within the city, and we look forward to our future in Las Vegas.”

The closing was first hinted at by Las Vegas Locally in a March 14 post on X that suggested fans “visit before the end of May.” On the restaurant’s website, margaritavillelasvegas.com, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, no reservations can be made past April 18.

Margaritaville, after the iconic song from singer Jimmy Buffet (who died in September), belongs to a hospitality group that now encompasses not just restaurants, but hotels, resorts, cruises, residences, and an official store selling branded pickleball paddles.

Other food news

The shuttering of Margaritaville continues the food and drink changes occurring at the Flamingo, part of the Caesars Entertainment Inc. portfolio.

In August, the RJ broke the news that Lisa Vanderpump, the restaurateur and reality TV star, would be opening a spot at the Flamingo. In November, the RJ reported that chef Gordon Ramsay would be opening a place at the property. Both restaurants were referred to by code names.

Caesars later announced that Pinky’s by Vanderpump and Gordon Ramsay Burger were set to open in summer 2024. Representatives for Caesars did not return a request for comment on the closing of Margaritaville.

An earlier version of the story reported that the restaurant would end service after April 15, based on information from a Margaritaville employee.

Contact Johnathan L. Wright at jwright@reviewjournal.com. Follow @JLWTaste on Instagram and @ItsJLW on X.

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