Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Mussels Marinara

Red Lobster's Mussels Marinara Recipe
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

2 dozen blue mussels -- rinsed, drained
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons finely-chopped garlic
1 can diced tomatoes - (8 oz) -- with juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground white pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil - (loosely packed)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients except mussels. Bring to a boil and add mussels, cover and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes until all mussels have opened. Remove cover and simmer 2 more minutes.
Serve hot with garlic bread and your favorite wine.