Monday, August 20, 2018, California, MD- Word spread quickly this afternoon that the California location( located in the Wildewood Shopping Center) of Jimmy Buffet’s ” Cheeseburger in Paradise” was locking it’s doors for the last time.

The California location has been a hotspot for Happy Hour, great company, food and appetizers;  along with live music. A few notable names that play there are Stephen Nelson, Billy Yeager And Phillip Parsons; who got his start there.

Cheeseburger in Paradise is a casual dining restaurant chain in the United States. The first restaurant opened on August 19, 2002, in the Southport area of Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a theme restaurant named for the song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by American pop music singer Jimmy Buffett. The chain was a partnership of Buffett’s company, the Orlando, Florida-based Margaritaville Holdings LLC, and OSI Restaurant Partners, with Buffett licensing the name and Outback Steakhouse operating the franchising of restaurants. It is currently a subsidiary of Luby’s.

In September 2009, Cheeseburger in Paradise was sold to Paradise Restaurant Group, LLC. Jimmy Buffett was only a Royalty Partner receiving 2% of profits until selling Paradise Restaurant Group the rights to the song “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. In December 2012, Luby’s purchased Paradise Restaurant Group for $11 million, thereby acquiring all of the restaurants and ending Jimmy Buffett’s association with the chain.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle has reached out to the parent company Luby’s Inc. for more information. 

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...