Red Lobster Set to Open in Matthews

The newest Red Lobster will open at 9801 Independence Pointe Parkway in Matthews, N.C. on Monday, June 25 at 11 a.m. The 5,900 square-foot restaurant will create 180 new jobs and accommodate seating for 212 guests.

Restaurant Design
The design of the Matthews Red Lobster is inspired by the New England coast and gives guests the feeling of dining by the seaside. Exterior features include a stone tower that is similar to the architecture used throughout New England; ship lanterns to welcome guests; Adirondack-style chairs to encourage mingling outside; unique window graphics that hint at some of the great tasting seafood guests can enjoy inside; and a plaque featuring the name of the restaurant’s general manager.
The interior features expanded seating for large parties and nautical décor such as signal flags and seaside-inspired artwork to create a warm, inviting, seaside-inspired atmosphere.

The new restaurant also features a number of sustainable design elements, including recycled building materials, enlarged windows to increase natural light, LED lighting, low-water landscaping and energy-efficient equipment. These enhancements are part of the Sustainable Restaurant Design initiative launched by Darden Restaurants, Red Lobster’s parent company.

Red Lobster’s menu provides guests with affordable, high-quality and great-tasting seafood. For example, the Today’s Fresh Fish Menu provides guests with five to eight selections of fresh fish daily. The restaurant also features Red Lobster’s signature wood-fire grill that is operated by a specially trained Grill Master. Wood-fire grilling locks in the flavor and sears in the juices of seafood, steak and chicken. The “Quick Catches Lunch Menu” offers great value, with items starting at $6.99.And, of course, all entrees come with a choice of salad, unlimited signature Cheddar Bay Biscuits and a choice of a side item.

The menu at the Matthews Red Lobster will also feature limited time offers like the Four Course Seafood Feast for $14.99, which includes one of the restaurant’s signature soups, a fresh salad served with unlimited Cheddar Bay Biscuits, the guest’s choice of one of seven entrées – like the new Jumbo Coconut and Pineapple-Grilled Shrimp – and a dessert. The Four Course Seafood Feast is available through August 10.

Red Lobster servers are trained and certified as Seafood Experts and can share information with guests about all the types of seafood offered on the restaurant’s menu.

Red Lobster has appointed Charlotte resident Keisha Black as general manager of the Matthews restaurant. Black has been with Red Lobster for 16 years, most recently as general manager of the Red Lobster in Spartanburg, S.C.
“We bring guests friendly, attentive and personalized service to ensure their time together at Red Lobster is memorable,” said Black. “The great thing about Red Lobster is that there’s a meal for any taste. We look forward to providing our guests with a high quality, great tasting meal in an atmosphere that’s inspired by the New England coast.”
In addition to creating new jobs, the new Red Lobster also intends to have a positive impact on the community, before it even opens. Black said the restaurant will host a pre-opening “family and friends” event for crew and their family members and friends and some of the proceeds will be donated to the Matthews Habitat for Humanity chapter. As with all locations, the Matthews Red Lobster will raise the American flag before it opens the doors to serve guests for the first time.
Red Lobster is now accepting applications for employment at the Matthews restaurant. To be considered for an interview, please apply online

About Red Lobster
Red Lobster is the leader among seafood and casual dining restaurants, with more than 700 Red Lobster locations in North America. Red Lobster is a member of the Darden family of restaurants (NYSE:DRI), the world’s largest full-service restaurant operating company. In 2012, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the second year in a row and is the only full-service restaurant company to ever appear on the list. Red Lobster is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, the Matthews Red Lobster will participate in the Darden Harvestprogram, which has donated more than 50 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit