2009-03-05 / Local & State

Singer Buffet Wants W.Pa. Bar To Quit Using Name

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Singer Jimmy Buffet wants a Pittsburgh bar named Margaritaville to quit using the name.

Buffett's lawyers sent the bar's owner a letter recently demanding that it cease operating, saying the singer owns dozens of restaurants called Margaritaville.

Buffett released the song "Wasting Away Again In Margaritaville'' in 1977.

Bar owner Rich Rizzo has hired a lawyer and hopes to work things out, but he acknowledges Buffett's copyright could force a name change.

Rizzo says he feels Buffett is bullying him. He says he bought the bar last year, but it's been in existence since 1985.

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