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.

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Sparkling Fruit


Red Lobster Sparkling Fruit 
Copycat Recipe

Serves: 2

2 fresh fruits
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup champagne or white wine
1/2 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped

Recommended fruits; strawberries hulled and sliced lengthwise, melon balls, plums, peaches, pears, nectarines peeled quartered and seeded. In a shallow serving bowl mix the fruit gently so it is not crushed. Evenly sprinkle with sugar and gently mix again. Pour cold champagne or wine over fruit, enough to almost cover fruit. Let stand refrigerated for 1 to 2 hours. Serve in chilled champagne glasses.

NOTES
Serve with Pepperidge Farms Pirouettes or a similar type cookie that will not dissolve quickly in liquid.

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