Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Flats East Bank looks to open this summer

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CLEVELAND-- Get ready to waste away again in Margaritaville.

The Jimmy Buffett-themed bar and restaurant is hoping to open on the East Bank of the Flats this summer. A spokesman for IMCMV Holdings, Inc. said while they are working to finalize a date, they anticipate opening in July at the latest.

The company also released renderings on Wednesday of Margaritaville. It has the beach vibe you'd expect from Buffett, including parrots and palm trees.

"You know every year the Flats East Bank is becoming who we started out to be and that's about Cleveland rising and revitalizing," said Hedi Yanok, the marketing director of the Flats East Bank.

We first told you about Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville coming to Cleveland in May 2016. At the time, it sounded as though it would be serving patrons that year.

Country music group Rascal Flatts is also planning a restaurant on the East Bank, as well as Akron-based brewery Thirsty Dog and a pizzeria from Cleveland chef Dante Boccuzzi.

"The East Bank of the Flats 15, 20 years ago was falling," said Joe Jalsevac, the general manager of Margaritaville. "Now it's all being built back up you got Punch Bowl, Big Bang, The ALoft Hotel, apartments everywhere. We want to be part of it."

New restaurants are not the only ones making changes. In the coming days a new roof top patio is opening at Punch Bowl Social. It will serve as competition for Margaritaville's planned roof top patio and additional four bars.

Margaritaville started hiring and is planning a job fair for May 22 at Aloft Hotel.

According to Jalsevac Jimmy Buffett does not announce if he will attend grand opening celebrations for his restaurants. Although he has been known to drop in unexpectedly in the past.

East Bank spots Crop Sticks, Crop Rocks and The Willeyville closed last year.

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