Buffett’s firm to convert Texas resort to Margaritaville theme

Jimmy Buffett’s lifestyle leisure chain, Margaritaville Holdings, will open its first resort in Texas in 2020 after signing a deal to convert the La Toretta Lake Resort & Spa north of Houston.

The resort — which includes an 18-hole golf course managed by KemperSports — will close June 4 for a year-long renovation. The Golf Club at La Toretta will remain open during that time.

Slated to open in the fall of 2020, the newly revamped project will be called Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe. Two of the dining facilities will be rebranded into Buffett concept restaurants — a LandShark Bar & Grill, and a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill. There will be 360 guest rooms between the lakefront villas and the 20-floor hotel, a tennis center, spa, multiple pools, and a 45,000 square foot conference center.

The Par 71 course measures 6900 yards, and was designed by Dave Marr, Jay Riviere and Jeffrey Blume. It opened in 2008. Gensler is the project architect, and McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is the general contractor.

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