Red Lobster: Closing Down Across the Country?

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Red Lobster is closing down across the country, according to rampant Internet rumors about its demise, although its parent company says otherwise.

Owner Darden Restaurants has been trying to quash false reports since Christmas that Red Lobster is shuttering its locations across the nation.

Darden hopes to sell or spin off the Red Lobster chain into another company, but is not "closing any restaurants," spokesman Rich Jeffers clarified.

Still, this afternoon, "Red Lobster closing" was the No. 1 item trending on Yahoo, and the rumor was the subject of Tweets and Facebook posts.

"To clarify, reports that @RedLobster is closing are false," the company tweeted out Friday afternoon. "We're looking forward to your next visit!"

Jeffers said the rumors stemmed from a piece in LA Weekly that "was clearly being facetious" about the shutdown, and blamed today's media culture.

"You had a couple outlets where clearly folks weren't practicing good journalism, and no one called to verify if what they read in LA Weekly was accurate."

The LA Weekly piece had been updated as of Friday to say no restaurants were closing, but the rumors can't be chalked up entirely to a miscommunication.

At the end of the day, these two facts remain undeniably true:

  1. The company is trying to unload or spin off Red Lobster, which is widely believed to be in financial decline, to focus on its growing brands.
  2. Red Lobster is overpriced and not that good.
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I don't recall Angie, the waitress on advertising for RL. Sounds like a good thing as I don't need any additional help in the p'g dept. Do fine on my own, tks just the same.
Love RL!!!! Although it's not a restaurant we frequent on a weekly basis.

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I really enjoy going to Red Lobster and have been for the past 50 years. I really hope the Red lobster in Evansville IN is a restaurant that will be open as long as I am alive.

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Why are we talking about Red Lobster on The Hollywood Gossip?You don't even hear about this on the food channel.

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Are you closing the Medesto ca please don't my family love this place we don't mind driving far from merced to there sometimes~ thank u

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Red Lobster seemed to lose a lot of business when they did the advertising with the waitress named Angie that scared the pee out of everyone. Maybe they need way better advertising to be successful.

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but Salmon is Sooooooooooo healthy, folks!!
(ask the Grizzly Bears)