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Here’s the full list of Red Lobster restaurants that are closing permanently and why

Red Lobster will be closing nearly 100 locations nationwide

Erika Mailman
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For many folks, especially those that are lucky enough to live in or visit Maine, summer means one iconic dish: lobster, served with drawn butter, corn on the cob and coleslaw (preferably served outside on a picnic table overlooking a harbor with boats and a lighthouse). The chain restaurant Red Lobster served a need for those who can't get there. But unfortunately, many of the locations have closed, just like a lobster claw contained in a rubber band.

However, on Monday, May 20, fans of the beloved seafood brand received some promising news: The company had voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and would continue to operate its remaining restaurants as part of this restructuring process. The company, which received a $100 million commitment from existing lenders, will continue to work with vendors to ensure that operations are unaffected. 

Here’s everything we know so far about the loss of this seafood standby.

Why did Red Lobster close?

While the company’s official website news page still doesn’t talk about the closures, reliable sources like NBC Bay Area report that the company has struggled with debt. Additionally, promotions like last summer’s “Ultimate Endless Shrimp” didn’t fare well and created more losses. There’s also been a lot of leadership turnover—all of which combined to spell briny disaster.

How many Red Lobsters will be closing?

According to the Associated Press, more than 50 locations have closed.

Where are the Red Lobsters that are closing?

Here is the most recent list of Red Lobster locations that have closed, according to NBC Chicago:

Alabama
Auburn
Decatur

California
Redding
Rohnert Park
Sacramento
San Diego
Torrance

Colorado
Denver
Lakewood
Lone Tree
Wheat Ridge

Florida
Altamonte Springs
Gainesville
Hialeah
Largo
Orlando

Georgia
Athens
Roswell
Dublin

Idaho
Lewiston

Illinois
Bloomingdale
Danville

Indiana
Indianapolis
Elkhart

Iowa
Council Bluffs
Waterloo

Maryland
Gaithersburg
Columbia
Silver Spring
Laurel

Michigan
Fort
Gratiot

Mississippi
D’lberville

New York
Amherst
Kingston
Rochester

New Jersey
Ledgewood

North Dakota
Grand Forks

Oklahoma
Lawton

South Carolina
Myrtle Beach

Texas
Lake Jackson
Long View
San Antonio

Virginia
Colonial Heights
Williamsburg
Newport News

Washington
Silverdale

Wisconsin
Wauwatosa
La Crosse

When are the restaurants closing?

They are already closed. Some employees even showed up to work to find the doors locked.

Will the remaining Red Lobster restaurants remain open?

As part of the Chapter 11 filing process, the remaining Red Lobster restaurants will remain open and operational. 

What’s been the reaction to the news?

According to posts on X, people are bummed. “WE RIDE AT DAWN, ya hear me?” posted one upset lobsterer. One commenter saw a golden opportunity, though: “OK who wants to go in on a Red Lobster with me??? We could have our very own lobster tank!!!!! note: lobsters not included.”

And one relieved person noted that their location still seemed to be okay: “So glad the san bruno red lobster [California] seems to be on the survival list.”

So, is that true about the tanks?

Possibly! The company is auctioning off equipment from the closed locations, including ovens, refrigerators, dining room furniture, lobster tanks, and those cute plastic bibs.

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