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RED LOBSTER CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH NEW ‘SUMMER SEAFOOD FEAST’
New ‘Catfish New Orleans’ Preparation, Other Popular Red Lobster Favorites Top the Menu

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 12, 2005) — Beginning today, July 12, Red Lobster offers guests throughout the United States a chance to celebrate summer with a variety of their favorite seafood dishes as part of the company’s new Summer Seafood Feast.

Offered for a limited time, the Summer Seafood Feast entrées include a choice of two or three of the following preparations:  Jumbo Shrimp Scampi, Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Jumbo Crunch-Fried Shrimp, Shrimp Pasta and a Grilled Garlic Shrimp Skewer, as well as Crab Alfredo, Snow Crab Legs, Broiled Sea Scallops with crumb topping and a freshly grilled rainbow trout with citrus butter.

In addition, Red Lobster is featuring for the first time a creative, new preparation called Catfish New Orleans.  The delicious Bayou-inspired dish includes a fresh catfish fillet, seasoned with an array of Cajun spices and topped with shrimp in a savory lemon butter sauce.

Aside from the Summer Seafood Feast entrée, guests also can enjoy Red Lobster’s popular Admiral’s Feast, Ultimate Feast and Seaside Shrimp Trio dishes, as well as a number of great appetizers, such as Lobster Pizza, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Ultimate Fondue and the New England Sampler (which includes Lobster, Crab & Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, Bacon-Wrapped Sea Scallops and Fried Clam Strips).  In addition, Red Lobster is showcasing a new recipe for its popular Bahama Mama drink, a frozen blend of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and tropical fruit, topped with Myer’s Dark Rum.

About Red Lobster
Red Lobster has over 670 restaurants in North America and more than 63,000 employees.  The company served more than 141 million guests in fiscal 2005 (ending May 29, 2005) and enjoyed total sales of $2.4 billion.  Diners have recognized Red Lobster as the nation’s best seafood restaurant for the 16th year in a row in a nationwide poll by Restaurants & Institutions magazine.  The company is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI).  Darden also owns and operates Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill and Seasons 52 restaurants.  For the Red Lobster nearest you, call 1-800-LOBSTER or visit www.redlobster.com.

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