Red Lobster lists at least 6 Orlando-area restaurants as 'temporarily closed' – Orlando Sentinel


At least six Red Lobster restaurants in Central Florida were listed as “temporarily closed” on the Orlando-based seafood chain's website on Monday, the latest blow to the financially struggling company that is reportedly But it is considering whether to declare bankruptcy or not.

The affected restaurants include 3552 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando, 7373 W. Colonial Drive and 8003 Golden Sky Lane include three restaurants; in Altamonte Springs at 340 State Road 436; at 20 Town Center Circle in Sanford; and Kissimmee at 4010 W. Vine Street.

According to the website, the chain's other Metro Orlando locations appeared to be open as usual.

Other cities across the country were reporting similar closures. Hartford, Conn. Fox 61 reported that 80 locations in at least 27 states were on the list. Red Lobster has approximately 650 restaurants in total.

The company spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Red Lobster has been struggling financially for years. The company's main investor, Thai Union, parted ways with the chain earlier this year and said it would look for a buyer.

In April, Bloomberg quoted sources as saying that the company may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which could allow it to continue operations while reorganizing debt.

Company officials said a $20 “Endless Shrimp” promotion launched last summer was so popular that it contributed to the company's $11 million loss in the third quarter. Thai Union said the company would lose more than $20 million for the full year.

Red Lobster has had three CEOs over the past two years.

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