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Red Lobster launches first ghost kitchen, located in South Loop Chicago

Delivery-only outlet may be first of many

Red Lobster opened a ghost kitchen in Chicago—its first. The South Loop Chicago outpost will help serve a multitude of customers in the Chicago market. Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates will fulfill the orders from this delivery-only ghost-kitchen location.

The Red Lobster ghost kitchen will primarily serve residents and visitors located in The Loop, Downtown Chicago, River North, Illinois Institute of Technology, Prairie District, and Near South Side, announced the chain. Orlando, Fla.-based Red Lobster plans to use the ghost-kitchen platform to expand across the United States and abroad more easily.

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Red Lobster customers in the Downtown Chicago area can order from the menu during the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. CT. Recommended items include the Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms and Crab-Stuffed Shrimp Rangoon appetizer; the Ultimate Family Feast, Lobster, Shrimp & Salmon, and Wild-Caught Snow Crab Legs dishes; and Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Off-premise is a huge priority for Red Lobster,” said Kim Lopdrup, Red Lobster chief executive. “We tripled our off-premise sales in the two years before COVID-19 began, and we’ve tripled them again over the last eight months. Opening a ghost kitchen is a natural next step in expanding our off-premise(s) business.”

[Related article: Consortium led by Thai Union Group buys Red Lobster]

In August, a consortium led by Thai Union Group purchased the remaining share of Red Lobster that it did not already own from Golden Gate Capital. Seafood Alliance. led by Paul Kenny and Rit Thirakomen and created by the consortium, now owns and operates Red Lobster Seafood company.

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Red Lobster ghost kitchen, 2537 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

Photo credit: Red Lobster (featured preview image)

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