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    It’s a beautiful day (or so the U2 song said at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville)

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    I took these pictures along Queen Victoria Park, and commented out loud how it was a beautiful day. Then when we walked past Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, that U2 song was playing.

    (very small) Change to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville patio

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    All sorts of work was done on the old Wolfgang Puck Cafe to turn it into Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. However, the patio remained essentially unchanged. The worst looking part was the fact that the tiles on the side of the patio were in various stages of disrepair. Some were gone, some were cracked, and some were missing chunks. I know this is minor, but it looked cheap.

    Today when I was walking by I noticed that they’ve covered the tile with vinyl that looks like water. It’s nice.

    Summer 2010 is “over”… was it good?

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    I know that summer doesn’t officially end in this part of the world until September 21, but in this tourist area it might as well be over. The beginning of September and the passing of Labour Day makrs the beginning of school. That means that family vacations are no more. The weekends might still be busy here, but things are significantly slower during the week.

    So, how as Summer 2010? It’s hard to get a good read on this. Admittedly, I haven’t contacted anyone who their input (I don’t think they’d give me an honest answer anyway), but my impression was that it was a better year that they’ve had the last couple. Here are a few of my own observations (including some comments I’ve made before):

    • There often seemed to be a lot of people around
    • There were more US license plates seen
    • The weather was fantastic
    • Apparently the motorcycle get-together, and the Elvis festival were not big hits
    • The new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville opened and always seems to have a decent number of people in it
    • I didn’t go, but it sounds like the party for the opening of the Hart & Huntington tattoo shop was the place to be

    Hopefully the last couple of years were the bottom, and with improved business will come even more growth. I assume that the new convention centre will only help…

    Inked and Pinked

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Before she got the party started Saturday night, pop star Pink had her eye on Niagara Falls.

    “It’s my second time here,” said one of the top-selling female singers of the past decade. “I went on the Maid of the Mist last time. I was considering the barrel this time.”

    With hits like So What and Trouble, the 30-year-old Pink — real name, Alecia Moore — was in town for the grand opening of husband Carey Hart’s first Canadian location of his Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. chain. The couple were greeted by hundreds of fans gathered at a VIP reception at Margaritaville.

    Parrot heads thrilled by Buffett concert

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It was a sea of Hawaiian print fabric and flip flops Tuesday as die hard parrot heads jammed with their idol.

    Singer songwriter Jimmy Buffett surprised both tourists and locals alike after he jumped on stage for a lively concert at his Margaritaville Cafe.

    The popular entertainer served up eight songs at his namesake restaurant including Cheeseburger in Paradise and, of course, Margaritaville.

    Buffett performed with the Barry Fish Band and Coral Reefer Mac McAnally.

    Among those in the audience was Mayor Ted Salci, an enthusiastic parrot head.

    Jimmy Buffett serves up entertainment at Falls restaurant

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Customers at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville were given an added treat that wasn’t on the menu on Tuesday.

    Buffett stopped by his namesake restaurant Tuesday.

    He spent about an hour at the Fallsview Boulevard restaurant, greeting staff and customers.

    He took to the stage around 5 p.m. and played a few signature tunes.

    Some observations about the new Niagara Falls Margaritaville

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    As I tweeted last week, I stopped by the new Niagara Falls location of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. I walked all through the restaurant to check it out. I haven’t eaten there yet, but here are some observations:

    • They did a very nice job fixing up that building.
    • It has a definite “island” theme to it. The decorations, wall coverings, and sets all definitely give you a “vacation” feel.
    • The stage is smaller than I thought, but still looks like it has everything they need.
    • I’ve been told that there are 3 bands playing each day.
    • When I was by, there were two guys out on one of the patios playing, with one of them playing a steel drum. I love that sound!
    • There are 4 patios of various sizes.
    • I saw a girl on stilts making balloon shapes for people.
    • The extension of the building that was put on the Fallsview Blvd side is their gift shop.
    • There is a nice projector system that shows a very large waterfall
    • I’ve been told that their hamburger meal is around $13, where competitors (Hard Rock, Planet Hollywood) is closer to $16

    Overall, I’m very, very impressed. It seems to be a much better fit that the Wolfgang Puck restaurant.

    As of now, the only negative thing I’d say, is that you can’t see inside the restaurant at all from the outside. That seems like a shame. You can’t really see at all how cool it is until you walk in. That seems to be a mistake as they miss quite a bit of walking traffic if people aren’t familiar with the restaurant chain.

    I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to go and eat there, but I’m looking forward to it.

    Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, the Newest Niagara Falls Restaurant, Opens Friday, June 18 on Fallsview Boulevard

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    From a PR Web press release:

    Margaritaville Canada Ltd. announced today that the much anticipated grand opening of their first Canadian restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario was greeted by thousands of adoring fans of the popular escapist dining concept. “We’re extremely excited to open our first Canadian location just in time for the summer season in this magnificent landmark destination,” said George Davidson, President and CEO of Margaritaville Canada. “We hope that our Margaritaville Cafe will become a ‘must see’ experience for both locals as well as tourists visiting the Niagara region.”

    Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville construction update (lots of work going on!)

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    Here are some pictures that I’ve taken over the last few days of the construction at the new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville location in Niagara Falls (corner of Fallsview Blvd and Murray St). They are doing some major renovations!

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