PPE unveils Flamingo plans

June 11, 2002 7:20 AM
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Park Place Entertainment Corporation (PPE) on Monday announced that it is teaming with Margaritaville’s favorite son, singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, to bring the newest Margaritaville Cafe and entertainment complex to the Flamingo Las Vegas.

The multi-level restaurant, bar and live music stage is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2003. Construction will begin late this year. Located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Margaritaville at the Flamingo will enhance the resort’s signature tropical theme while adding exciting new venues for dining, drinking and dancing.

"Margaritaville and the Flamingo were made for each other," said Flamingo President Lorenzo Creighton. "People come to the Flamingo to party and have fun. We’re delighted that Jimmy Buffet has chosen the Flamingo as the home of the first Margaritaville to be built west of the Mississippi."

For his part, Jimmy Buffet is looking forward to landing in the Entertainment Capital of the World. "If Las Vegas was good enough for Elvis, it’s good enough for me," he said.

Margaritaville at the Flamingo will feature restaurant and mezzanine levels that will allow diners to linger over Key West and Caribbean-inspired menu items or slowly sip ”” what else? ”” margaritas, as they keep an eye on the action. ­­Located nearby will be a live music stage featuring bands with styles spanning ­­Calypso to rock.

In the course of his career, Jimmy Buffett has recorded 33 albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His latest CD, "Far Side of the World," was released earlier this year and debuted on the Billboard Top 100 chart at No. 5.

Buffett also is the author of three New York Times bestsellers ”” "Tales from Margaritaville," published in 1989, "Where is Joe Merchant?" (1992), and "A Pirate Looks at Fifty" (1998). Buffett is one of only six authors in the history of The New York Times Bestseller List to have reached the No. 1 spot.