Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville®

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville® • Retail & Restaurants • September 2008

At Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Mohegan Sun Casino, “happy hours” are the only hours allowed!


Uncasville, CT is the sole New England locale for Margaritaville. The Mohegan Sun location served margaritas from an eight-foot-tall blender. The menu features the “cheeseburger in paradise,” key lime pie, and other options evoking Buffett’s affinity with the Florida Keys. The restaurant, owned by singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett, first opened at the resort and casino back in September of 2008. Margaritaville has two floors of dining space, multiple bars, and a concert stage, in a tropical atmosphere inspired by Buffett’s journey and songs. Mohegan Sun is the only New England location of the chain’s 30 restaurants worldwide.

A&ES Build Highlights

 Escape to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill to enjoy live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. Locals and visitors seeking a relaxed, casual place to have fun as well as devoted Parrot Heads “looking for their lost shaker of salt,” find what they are looking for, and much more. The nightlife at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville inside the Resorts Hotel Casino is second to none. The restaurant features a stage for performing artists, a tiki bar, and Buffett-inspired accent pieces throughout the two-story design. For those margarita fans or just spectators, wind from the casino spirals down a 30-foot spinning waterspout, filling a giant 8-foot-tall blender with margaritas every hour. A&ES’s design/build of the giant blender at the restaurant’s entrance is a spectacular attraction. A seasonal exterior deck on the Boardwalk lets guests enjoy alfresco dining or a drink topped off with a gentle ocean breeze.

A&ES Design and Fabrication

  • 3-D entry signage with neon lighting
  • Spinning wind cloud hurricane sculpture with larger than life Margaritaville tequila bottle and blender effect
  • 3-D life-size whale sculpture
  • 3-D tiki sculpture
  • 3-D and 2-D layered signage
  • Surfboards and nautical themed props
  • Replica sharks, fish, and birds
  • Fish themed custom bar rafters
  • Decorative dimensional leaf panels
  • Custom millwork, bamboo wainscoting, and wall cladding as well as thatch roofing
  • Themed steel stage structure for live bands
  • Artificial trees and foliage
  • Mechanical design, fabrication, installation, and show controls

A&ES Services Details

  • Research and analysis of the client’s goals and requirements
  • Assessment of preliminary space plans
  • Provision of project management services including preparation of project budgets and schedules
  • Preparation of construction documents, consisting of plans, details, and specifications
  • Preparation of construction documents to adhere to regional building and fire codes
  • Identify facility impacts between contractor and A&ES components
  • The organization, coordination, and planning
  • Pre-production and prototyping
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino
  • Thermoplastic fabrication
  • Shop drawings (CAD)
  • Water-jet metal shapes
  • CNC machining
  • Architectural millwork
  • Specialty automotive paint prepping and finishing
  • Fiberglass production (FRP)
  • 3-Dimensional design and fabrication
  • Complete design specification services
  • In-house fabrication
  • Turnkey installation

The words, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, are music to the ears…

A&ES doesn’t waste time when it can create great, themed environments for you!

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The 2008 Opening of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at the Mohegan Sun


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