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RED LOBSTER OPENS FIRST RESTAURANT IN LIVERPOOL
Restaurant offers Menu filled with Fresh Seafood, Healthy Dining options and Traditional Favorites

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (October 31, 2005) — On Monday, November 7, Red Lobster will unveil its first location in Liverpool.  The new restaurant, the second in the Syracuse area, will feature a dynamic menu that includes a variety of fresh fish entrées, live Maine lobsters, the company’s healthy LightHouse Selections and its award-winning kid’s menu as well as an assortment of traditional Red Lobster favorites.

The 229-seat, 7,222 square foot restaurant, located at 3938 State Route 31 near the Great Northern Mall (off Route 481), will replace the Red Lobster at 905 North Main Street in North Syracuse, which closed October 30 in advance of the new restaurant opening.  The new Liverpool Red Lobster, which offers additional seating, will employ 125 crewmembers.

The new restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 7 at 10 a.m.in front of the restaurant.  On opening day, guests can enjoy lunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dinner all day long. 

“We’re proud to be a new neighbor in the Liverpool area,” said Dave Kenney, a 20-year Red Lobster veteran and the general manager for the new Liverpool restaurant.  “Our enthusiastic crew looks forward to serving guests the freshest seafood in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.”

Fresh Seafood on the Menu
Guests at the new Liverpool restaurant can enjoy flavorful seafood favorites such as shrimp, scallops and crab as well as the company’s signature dish, fresh live Maine lobster straight from the restaurant’s lobster tank. 

The Red Lobster restaurant will also offer select cuts of fresh fish, including salmon, tilapia, rainbow trout and haddock in thick, skinless portions — always fresh and never frozen.  These selections can be served grilled, broiled, fried or blackened and reinforce Red Lobster’s reputation for offering the freshest, best-tasting seafood at a friendly price.

LightHouse Selections
For the many health-conscious Americans who seek foods that are low in fat, calories or carbohydrates, the Liverpool restaurant offers Red Lobster’s “LightHouse Selections” that provide guests with nutritional information for some of Red Lobster’s most popular menu items.  The LightHouse menu lists more than 30 items — including numerous entrées, accompaniments, side dishes, dipping sauces and beverages — with the caloric, carbohydrate and fat content for each.

Nutritionists advise consumers to eat more seafood since it is such a healthy protein.  In fact, the American Heart Association recommends people eat seafood at least twice a week as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.  Plus, federal advisers recommend Americans eat more fish and fewer refined grains such as white bread.  They also say the amount of salmon and other fish containing heart-protecting Omega-3 fatty acids should be doubled to two servings a week.

Award-Winning Kid’s Menu
The Liverpool restaurant also will offer a kid’s menu that includes grilled fish, steamed crab legs and vegetables as well as traditional favorites.  Based on these menu choices, Child Magazine named Red Lobster one of the “Best Restaurants for Families.”  Also, Restaurant Hospitality magazine named Red Lobster the Grand Winner in last year’s annual “Best Kids Menu in America” competition.  

Still Hiring
In anticipation of its opening, Red Lobster is hiring for all hourly positions.  Those interested in applying for a position should apply in person Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the new Liverpool restaurant.  Call (315) 652-3964 for more information.

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 17 years in a row in nationwide polls 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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