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.




Shrimp Bloody Mary

Shrimp Bloody Mary
Red Lobster Recipe

Makes 12

2 cups V8 vegetable juice
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 tablespoons fennel (bulbs only, small dice)
¼ cup diced fresh tomatoes
Tabasco, to taste
1 dozen cooked cocktail shrimp

Place all ingredients except Tabasco and shrimp in blender, puree until smooth Gradually add Tabasco until flavor is correct for our taste. Strain Mixture and hold cold. To serve, pour 2 oz Bloody Mary mix in small shot glass, and top with one cocktail shrimp and Vodka, if desired.

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