Parrotheads can book passage to the Atlantic City Margaritaville beginning next spring, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday.
Christie, along with Margaritaville owner and island-country singer Jimmy Buffert, were in Atlantic City Tuesday to formally announce the news that became apparent last week that Resorts Casino will be wearing one big Aloha shirt as the latest outpost of the island-state-of-mind. The changes should be complete by May, 2013.
Resorts’ exterior on the Boardwalk will get a complete makover to reflect the Margaritaville flavor of all things tropical, including an illuminated Margaritaville sign complete with parrots. In addition, the Steeplechase Pier—destroyed in a 1988 fire—will be rebuilt to hold a Landshark Bar and Grille.
The casino will have a 440-seat Margaritaville Cafe that will face the Boardwalk and outdoor seating. There will also be Margaritaville retail and if Resorts follows the example of the highly successful Margaritaville complex at the Flamingo casino in Las Vegas, a remaking of part of the casino to reflect Margaritaville is also possible.
“It is certainly no surprise to me that a huge flock of Parrotheads reside on the Jersey Shore,” Buffett said during Tuesday’s announcement. “I am very grateful for the years of support from some of our most die-hard fans in the country. Atlantic City is a historic beach town and I am very happy to be a part of helping it find its place again as a beach vacation destination. I’ll see you on the Shore.”
If the Atlantic City Margaritaville experience reflects what’s happened in Las Vegas, Aaron Gomes, executive vice president of operations at Resorts, was correct when he said, “the Margaritaville and Jimmy Buffett brand is one of the most recognizable in the world and without a doubt will become the must-see attraction in Atlantic City.”
Image: Artist rendering of Margarita at Resorts Casino. Courtesy of Resorts casino and Margaritaville.