Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Chains >
Dec 25, 2013 11:02 AM

Is this really a bad thing?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Its not a good thing, it's not a bad thing, it just is.

    1 Reply
    1. Not really. It is just a delayed response to changing consumer demands.

      1. How different do you think the place will be with different owners?

        My guess: Not much. Kind of like when Denny's bought Sambo's.

        1. Well, if you had compassion for anyone losing their job, then yes.

          2 Replies
          1. re: fourunder

            Who will be losing their job? The article didn't mention any closings or layoffs...

            1. re: fourunder

              Optimistically, who is to say it wouldn't be better run through different management?

              In reality, however, RL already has such a low image that I doubt anyone can really improve it. Best approach might be to open a new or different chain in existing locations.

              RL's primary problem is that decent seafood is relatively expensive. It's not like selling boxed pasta and frozen entrees at OG or low cost soft drinks & frozen potato products at fast food places where they can charge a significant markup.

            2. I worked for Red Lobster when they were owned by General Mills, then shortly after I left in the mid '90s it was taken over by Darden. No one lost their jobs, the menu didn't even change any more than it periodically did. Just business as usual, not a big deal unless you were invested in it.

              2 Replies
              1. re: coll

                SO basically the "tradition" of Red Lobster will still be around? it will just be run differently.. Or do you think it will be renamed and re marketed...

                Dennys from Sambos( well the time had run out on that sambo thing)

                1. re: girloftheworld

                  Time will tell, but the world won't end either way.