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RED LOBSTER OPENS NEW RESTAURANT IN CHRISTIANA
Fresh Seafood, Healthy Dining Options & Traditional Favorites Top the Menu

CHRISTIANA, Del. (March 23, 2006) — On Monday, April 3, Red Lobster will open its newest location in Christiana, offering a menu of fresh fish entrées, live Maine lobsters, the company’s healthy LightHouse Menu and its award-winning kid’s menu, as well as an assortment of traditional Red Lobster favorites.

The 225-seat, 6,398-square-foot restaurant is located at 1249 North Churchman’s Road across the street from the Christiana Hospital. Employing approximately 150 crew members, the Christiana Red Lobster will begin serving at 11 a.m. on opening day. Guests can enjoy lunch until 4 p.m. and dinner all day long. Also on opening day, the new restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

“We are proud to be a new neighbor in the Christiana area. Our enthusiastic crew looks forward to serving guests the freshest seafood in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere,” said Jim Huleis, a 14-year Red Lobster veteran and general manager for the new Christiana restaurant.

Fresh Seafood on the Menu
Guests at the new Christiana restaurant can enjoy flavorful seafood dishes that include shrimp, scallops and crab, as well as the company’s signature, fresh live Maine lobster straight from the restaurant’s lobster tank. Also offered are oysters on the half shell (available seasonally and served raw or steamed with traditional cocktail sauce), steamed clams (one dozen clams served steaming in a rich, roasted garlic sauce) and lump crab cake (served with tartar sauce).

Guests also can choose from 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 grilled, broiled, fried or blackened and reinforce Red Lobster’s reputation for offering the freshest, best-tasting seafood at a friendly price.

LightHouse Menu
For the many health-conscious Americans who seek foods low in fat, calories or carbohydrates, the Christiana restaurant offers Red Lobster’s “LightHouse Menu,” providing guests with nutritional information for more than 30 of the most popular 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, with its heart-protecting Omega-3 fatty acids, at least twice a week.

Award-Winning Kid’s Menu
Parents also will love Red Lobster’s kid’s menu, offering grilled fish, steamed crab legs and vegetables as well as traditional favorites. Based on these great choices, Red Lobster was named the “Best Restaurants for Families” by Child Magazine and grand winner of Restaurant Hospitality magazine’s annual “Best Kids Menu in America” competition.

About Red Lobster
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. 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.

Red Lobster is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI), which 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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