Red Lobster files for bankruptcy

I haven't eaten there since 2011, do any of you have any entertaining stories to share?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    not a lobster,
    Pic related is a lobster
    Lobster have no claws.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      no that's a spiny lobster.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For one of the larger chains to fail like this is a foreboding sign of things to come that literally everyone should be paying attention to. The restaurant business as it currently exists is about to collapse due to the rising cost of food prices rendering the entire business model unprofitable. Next up, Outback.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://www.businessinsider.com/red-lobster-endless-shrimp-bankruptcy-private-equity-debt-real-estate-2024-5
      It's not food prices, it's the usual reason.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        next you gonna tell us there's no santa for reals?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Michael McDonald's
        Thread theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m4BlRzPiWo

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't know anything about finance, how was Golden Gate able to sell off Red Lobster's real estate to raise money for the deal where they bought Red Lobster? Seems like causality was broken here.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Where are people of low light reflectivity going to go in place of Red Lobster if they all close down?

          Short term loan. Funding the purchase with the assets of what you're purchasing is a common practice.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leveraged_buyout

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The major chain family restaurant is going to die altogether within a generation. Outback, Olive Garden, Chili’s, Applebee’s… they’re all reheated cisco foodservice trash. Their one saving grace was they used to be cheap, as in feed a family of 4 for 30 bucks cheap. Now it’s simply not worth it. Pay a little more and get decent food, pay a little less and get a sack of mcburgers, or take the time to make dinner at home. There’s no reason to go exactly in the middle where it’s the worst of all worlds.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      its not a mystery whats going on. sea food was extremely cheap when only america ruled the seas because our small population couldnt possibly exhaust the entire world's ocean. but then the evil shlomo gave the chinese the technology to harvest the entire ocean and they did. theyve eaten everything and they wont stop until its all gone.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Check out the chinks at buffets going crazy for king crab legs.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >be young kid
    >order popcorn shrimp
    >came in a big basket
    >big for a kid anyway
    >half way through eating it
    >my gets a concerned look on her face
    >where are the shells, she says calmly
    >what do you mean I say
    >you have been eating the shells, she said calmly
    >I guess so
    >at that point I thought she was taking me to the hospital to have my stomach pumped
    >dad grabs a handful of my shrimp
    >He says I don't think these have tails
    >He eats the rest of my shrimp
    >go home hungry
    >eat the rest of his ruffles ranch chips

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >my gets a concerned look on her face
      MOM meant to write

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You’re parents sound almost as moronic as you.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >my gets a concerned look on her face
      MOM meant to write

      You’re parents sound almost as moronic as you.

      https://i.imgur.com/js9TfPi.gif

      What a fricking Rollercoaster kek

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The last time I went was a couple years ago and only because I got a gift card for Christmas.
    The biscuits were delicious but the rest of my food was cold and not very good.
    The bar was also lacking, 2 shitty beers on tap, shitty mixed drinks, a few shitty wines.
    They mostly appealed to lower class people who wanted an affordable "fancy" meal, but they couldn't keep the prices low enough to have that appeal anymore.
    Pretty much every corporate restaurant chain deserves to fail, but Red Lobster especially deserved to fail.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I recently witnessed a 30-something Culinaly soiboi manchild try to scam them into letting him get one more order of endless shrimp to go. Waitress told him to btfo, so he asked for the manager. In the end, she gave him a to-go order for half off. He looked almost exactly like that anon who made threads against some sherriff on this site and got arrested in real life.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nothing entertaining but I unironically loved their lobster pizza.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I was meaning to dine and ditch before they closed…because why not? It’s not like they can ban you from a restaurant that’s days away from closing, but I lost interest. Anyway, there’s a seafood buffet down the street, and I don’t know how they get away with it, but it’s only $45 for all you can eat crab legs, lobster, oysters, mussels, clams, octopus, and yeah different kinds of fish cooked in a variety of ways. But there’s NO WAY they’re making money off me when I go in there and eat 5 lobster tails, like 10 oysters and then crab legs until I couldn’t possibly eat a grain of rice, because that’s how full I am.

    And I’m not fat either. I’m just always hungry…I don’t know where it goes.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Enjoy it while you can anon, your metabolism won't last forever.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I ate there growing up on rare occasions, food seemed ok and biscuits are good. Of the meals I've had there that I can remember, they were either salmon or shrimp, and never had lobster
    Probably will go this weekend and load up on some shriggers before they're broke

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Found fifty cents in a payphone at one when I was a kid.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it was a nice place to go with your family in the 80s and 90s. and then the black people came.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I havent been to a red lobster in like 20 yrs and the only thing I say that's entertaining is the nigs will nig nog. It's not the kind of place to bring your mom. Do they still give out bibs?

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    BEHOLD THE RED RUBSTAH BIB

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I am European. We do not have Red Lobster; we have restaurant lobster.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/red-lobster-black-community-rcna152584

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/
      I'm not clicking that.

      https://i.imgur.com/JZF2Rem.png

      I haven't eaten there since 2011, do any of you have any entertaining stories to share?

      I've been there once to celebrate a graduation of a friend of a friend, eating with the friend. Nothing spectacular.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >hsitory

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They could turn things around with the exact right kind of Millennial nostalgia marketing. The first thing they should do is fire anyone who uses the word "contemporary" to describe ideas for new decor.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Businesses don’t just fail. As a past fan, and employee, of RL, my sense is that it has been failing over the years for the following reasons:
    1) For 20+ years, RL failed to evolve, to address the changing behaviors, wants, needs of customers, and a dynamic and competitive marketplace.
    2) Some 20+ years ago, leadership failed to make the right decisions. When a brand is strong, iconic, the effects of those decisions manifest slowly, but then hit the wall rapidly.
    3) The script was written for an accelerated decline when RL was sold, its real estate assets sold to assure a short-term return for its buyers rather than investing those resources in a vision, a transformation that was long needed and overdue.
    4) The more recent sale to an unsuspecting seafood company with little US restaurant experience, without the expertise or determination to rejuvenate the brand.
    5) Recent, disastrous, horrible marketing decisions like continuous Endless Shrimp, and the “Welcome to Fun Dining” (Not differentiated, ownable, unique to, or delivered by RL) ad line pushed the brand over the line.
    Yes, failure doesn’t just happen, it results from bad decision making, and for large, strong, iconic brands, that failure can occur over an extended period of time. But, they still ultimately hit the wall.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >3) The script was written for an accelerated decline when RL was sold, its real estate assets sold to assure a short-term return for its buyers rather than investing those resources in a vision, a transformation that was long needed and overdue.
      Sounds like private equity shenanigans.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Antisemitic posts like this are shameful. Do better

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've only been to Red Lobster 2 or 3 times as a kid and it left fond memories for me. The last time I went there was a very big black woman there and I just couldn't stop staring at her. The way her lips were like fat sausages and how she slurped and sucked the lobster meat into her gullet. The way her brightly patterned spandex bodysuit barely contained her bulging rolls. How she jounced and grunted at every guttural exertion. The glisten of the tiny beads of sweat covering her thick forehead skin.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I just couldn't stop staring at her

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Last time for me was 2005 with their "endless shrimp" which was ok back then for S19,90. biscuit was great but overall a forgettable experience.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You know this cow is absolutely devastated about the news.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      how do they allow that on a plane?

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sheeit, where am I gonna take my b***h for fancy dinin when I get my welfare check now?

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I only went once as a kid with my mom. I ordered popcorn shrimp, she got crab legs. Watching her crack open the crab legs and seeing the viscera being pulled apart disgusted me on a level I had never felt before at that young age and I couldn't eat my meal. She was mad.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've never been to one, kind of want to go before the chance is gone forever but I don't know anyone trashy enough to do that with me.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Everyone's good memories of Red Lobster are from 20 years ago when family type restaurants still had a lot of business and could afford to serve relatively decent food for an affordable price. By now they serve the cheapest most preserved slop possible for outrageous prices because people stopped dining out as families years ago. That's why they're all going out of business.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Used to eat here with my grandparents all the time as a kid. Got the walt's favorite fried shrimp almost every time.

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my daughter wanted to eat at red lobster. i advised against it. she was adamant about eating there since she'd never been. we went. it was terrible. it's like the entrees were cooked offsite, frozen...then reheated as ordered. the cheddar bay biscuits are still pretty ok. honestly, long john's or captain d's has better "food"

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Lads, the 'Lobst by me is still open, but hasn't mown their grass in weeks. Is it over?

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Stopped eating there a long time ago. Sad because I love seafood and redlobster used to be great.
    >lunch time rowdy waiter takes 20 minutes to to show up for drink order
    >comes back 20 minutes later with drinks.. fly in one of them
    >dissapears for almost 40 minutes
    >finally comes back after buying drugs in the parking lot stinking of weed to drop off check

    My last visit

    >justice-impacted individual waiter gives attitude entire time.tsking order
    >stops by the melanin group booth next door every ten .instead giving "excellent" service
    >ignores us and cops attitude
    >don't tip and leave, never to return

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You had a bad waitress. The one by me just happens to have awesome waitrii (at least at lunch, the only time I go) and they keep me coming back.

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not really. I used to get piss drunk and wander to the one near my apartment in a nasty t-shirt and they hated serving me. Gobble gobble.

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