American Chain Red Lobster is Coming to Shanghai

By Cristina Ng, September 2, 2018

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Joining the ranks of such exalted American chain food brands as Taco Bell, P.F. Chang's and Cheesecake Factory comes Beyoncé's favorite post-coital seafood reward, Red Lobster

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Established in 1968, Red Lobster opened in Lakeland, Florida before undergoing a massive expansion. Beginning with Canada, the company now has restaurants in Puerto Rico, the Middle East, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan,  Malaysia and (coming soon) China. 

A representative for the ifc Mall confirms that the mall it is to be the fast-casual restaurant's first China location, although they haven't set the grand opening date yet.  

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Hopefully the wait for Ultimate Feasts (lobster tail, steamed snow crab, garlic shrimp scampi, Walt's Favorite Shrimp, rice and side) with copious amounts of melted butter and Cheddar Bay Biscuits will be short. As for the biscuits, those cheddah-cheesy, garlicky carb bombs are so popular that they warrant their own Facebook page

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No word on if their insane Endless Shrimp promotion will make it to the Middle Kingdom, but free-flow Sesame-Ginger Grilled Shrimp, Shrimp Linguini Alfredo, Garlic Shrimp, Hand-Breaded Shrimp and Crunchy Fiesta Shrimp is bound to go down well with the locals. As long as it doesn't go the way of Endless Crab, a promotion that nearly bankrupted the company in 2003. 

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Time will tell if Chinese millennials will be as into Red Lobster as their North American counterparts. 

[Cover image courtesy Red Lobster]

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