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Red Lobster in Sacramento among dozens of abrupt closures across US

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

For years, Red Lobster faced a multitude of difficulties — both financially and internally.

Author: Staff (ABC10), Andrew Weil, Megan Divers, Melissa Hernandez De La Cruz

Published: 2:49 PM PDT May 13, 2024

Updated: 11:16 PM PDT May 13, 2024

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento Red Lobster restaurant is among dozens of abrupt closures that happened across the country Monday.

More than 80 Red Lobster locations in at least 27 states were listed as “temporarily closed” on the restaurant’s website, including the Sacramento location along Howe Avenue.

Workers at the shuttered restaurants shared their disbelief on social media and said they received no notice whatsoever. 

The closures come as bankruptcy rumors circled the seafood restaurant chain in recent weeks. Red Lobster has been searching for a buyer to avoid filing for Chapter 11, multiple media outlets reported last month. 

The Orlando-based chain, known for its endless shrimp deals, has reportedly been eyeing bankruptcy filing to restructure its debt and downsize from its 650 US locations, CNN reports. 

The company has yet to publicly acknowledge Monday’s closures and did not respond to a request for comment. 

For years, Red Lobster faced a multitude of difficulties — both financially and internally. 

In 2021 and 2022, the company saw a new CEO, chief marketing officer, chief financial officer and chief information officer join the C-Suite. All of them left within two years, according to CNN. 

Last summer, the company revived their endless shrimp menu deal, which led to a $11 million loss for the seafood chain, according to CNN. 

Red Lobster’s top supplier, Thai Union, recently cut ties with the seafood restaurant as well.

There are more than 700 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster store closings 2024: List of latest closures

The following list shows Red Lobster locations listed as “closed” on their website, as of Monday afternoon. 

Alabama

Arizona

California:

Colorado

Florida Hialeah, Florida Tampa, FL Tampa, FL Largo, FL Kissimmee, FLLeesburg, FL Orlando, FLOrlando, FLOrlando, FL (Golden Sky Lane) Altamonte Springs, FL Gainesville, FL Jacksonville, FL (Commerce Center Drive) Jacksonville, FL (Baymeadows Road) Jacksonville, FL (City Station Drive)Sanford, FL Daytona Beach Shores, FL 

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Louisiana

Maryland

Mississippi

Missouri

New Jersey

New York Lakewood, NY Buffalo, NYAmherst, NY Williamsville, NYRochester, NYPoughkeepsie, NYStony Brook, NY Kingston, NY Scarsdale, NY Nanuet, NY 

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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