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The forgotten racial history of Red Lobster

·1 min

Communities around the country are losing Red Lobster restaurants as the company closes around 100 US locations, with up to 135 more closures expected. Red Lobster has historically attracted a loyal base of Black diners, who still account for a higher share of customers compared to other casual chain restaurants. The chain has been known for hiring and serving Black people since its inception, and it has been a popular choice among working-class and affluent Black diners. Red Lobster’s early location near shopping malls also contributed to its popularity among Black customers. Despite its decline in recent years, Red Lobster remains significant to many Black communities.