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

WINCHESTER, Va. (June 7, 2006) — On Monday, June 19, Red Lobster will unveil its first restaurant in Winchester, 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.

Located at 2400 S. Pleasant Valley Road (next to Olive Garden), the 7,222-square-foot restaurant seats 228 with a maximum occupancy of 300. Employing approximately 175 crew members, the Winchester 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. 

“We are proud to be a new neighbor in the Winchester area. Our enthusiastic crew looks forward to serving guests the freshest seafood in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere,” said Kyle McInturff, general manager for the new Winchester restaurant.

Fresh Seafood on the Menu

Guests at the new Winchester 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 and freshly baked Cheddar Bay biscuits served with every meal. Also offered are oysters on the half shell (available seasonally and served raw or steamed with traditional cocktail sauce) and steamed clams (one dozen clams served steaming in a rich, roasted garlic 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 Winchester 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 broiled 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. 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.

Winchester Red Lobster Facts:

Opening Date:  Monday, June 19

Address:  2400 S. Pleasant Valley Road
                 (Next to Olive Garden)
                (540) 722-9490

General Manager:  Kyle McInturff

Square Footage:  7,222 total square feet

Number of Seats:  228

Crew members:  Approximately 175

Hours of Operation:  The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. for lunch and will serve dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday: 11 a.m. till 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. till 11 p.m.

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