Red Lobster's History
Bill Darden is the founder of Red Lobster and he opened his first restaurant, that was known as the “Green Frog” at the tender age of 19. Since seafood has always been a great passion of Darden, he opened the doors to the first Red Lobster in 1968. The restaurant was located in Lakeland, Florida, USA.
Red Lobster quickly became the leader in seafood casual dining and by the early 1970’s, establishments expanded all through the Southeast of the USA. Guests were constantly introduced to amazing dishes that quickly became family favorites. In fact, many guests first became introduced to snow crabs, calamari and popcorn shrimp at the Red Lobster.
After many years of successful growth, Red Lobster was acquired by Golden Gate Capital in 2014.
There are currently over 700 locations throughout Canada and the United States and the reputation of being seafood experts is known around the world.
Red Lobster's Values
Red Lobster is passionate about their guests having a great experience with seafood. Servers go above and beyond to make guests feel special. Only the highest quality of fish is served and the fish (as well as steaks) are cooked over a wood fired grill.
This commitment begins with following safety standards and the quality assurance team works with the best fish distributors in the world. Prior to seafood being purchased and shipped, several safety checks are preformed to ensure that you are being served the best quality seafood available.
Red Lobster aligns themselves with both independent and government issued organizations such as the FDA (food and drug administration) and the GFSI (global food safety initiative) to ensure the seafood that is served is safe.
Any fish supplier that does business with Red Lobster must be certified from the ACC (aquaculture certification council) and follow all rules and regulations set forth by the GAA (global aquaculture alliance).
In addition, Red Lobster is aware of where the seafood is originated from. For instance, live lobsters are from the New England coast and the salmon is fresh from Norway.
Red Lobster will not sell any species of seafood that is endangered and they refuse to sell any live lobsters that are more than 4 pounds.
What makes Red Lobster unique?
One of the things we love about Red Lobster is that they don’t keep their delicious recipes to themselves. They have an extensive recipe box available on their website that is free. You can find a Shrimp Gumbo recipe, Lobster bisque and even an orange rum glazed snapper dish for your whole family to enjoy. There are also helpful hints and tips on purchasing, preparing and presenting seafood.
Another unique feature to Red Lobster is their fresh catch club. By signing up you will not only be the first to learn about upcoming events and specials, but you will also enjoy a special surprise for your birthday.