‘It’s 5 o’ clock somewhere’ — and soon: Destin’s Margaritaville taking shape as opening nears

Margaritaville Destin

Destin's Margaritaville restaurant is slated for a Feb. 17 opening.

Matt Algarin | The Log
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 03:47 PM.

Destin's Margaritaville restaurant should make any Parrothead proud as its opening day nears.

"This is going to be awesome," Legendary Inc. CEO Peter Bos told The Log during a Saturday morning tour of the construction site. "It's going to turn the harbor upside down."

Walking through the roughly 15,000 square foot, three-story restaurant, one could easily imagine Jimmy Buffett's famed "Cheeseburger in Paradise" playing on the sound system and margaritas flowing from one of the many bars.

Whether it's the custom-made tables adorned with Buffett-inspired images or the nautical themed accessories, the restaurant is coming together. And don’t think that Buffet doesn’t know it.

“He’s been here a couple of times,” Bos said. “He’s real pleased with the restaurant.”

When entering the restaurant from the upper level at HarborWalk Village, guests will immediately be greeted by a giant buoy, a plane suspended from the ceiling, and if they look directly over the doors, a boat that was repurposed after being purchased from a 70-year-old military veteran in Tallahassee.

As for the restaurant’s design, there were plenty of moving parts.



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