*Good news Cheddar Bay biscuit lovers, you can continue to stuff your face at good ole’ Red Lobster. Contrary to earlier news reports, the restaurant chain will not be closing.
Darden Restaurants, the owner of the chain, has been working overtime in efforts to squash false reports since Christmas that said Red Lobster was shutting the doors of its restaurants all across the country; and on Friday afternoon the “Red Lobster closing” story was the No. 1 item trending on Yahoo. The rumor was also the subject of multiple Tweets and Facebook posts.
“To clarify, reports that @RedLobster is closing are false,” the company tweeted out Friday. “We’re looking forward to your next visit!”
Darden said last week it plans to sell or spin off the Red Lobster chain into a separate company. But “we never said we were closing any restaurants,” spokesman Rich Jeffers said Friday.
Jeffers said the rumors stem from a piece in LA Weekly that “was clearly being facetious” about the brand’s shutdown. Other media outlets wrongly assumed the restaurants were closing and reported that, he said.
“You had a couple outlets where clearly folks weren’t practicing good journalism, and no one called to verify if what they read in LA Weekly was accurate,” Jeffers said.
As of Friday the LA Weekly piece had been updated to say no restaurants were closing.