A new Red Lobster with “Bar Harbor” styling will be built on the site of the popular Kendall restaurant that has closed its doors prior to the building’s demolition.
Built in 1985 on the 2.28-acre site, the Red Lobster now sports several blue tarpaulins on windows of the 7,000-plussquare- foot structure, a warning to customers of the current closure.
“We will be razing the existing building to replace it with a brand-new Red Lobster with new Bar Harbor styling,” said Mark Jaronksi, associate of the chain ownership’s Darden Group, based in Orlando.
A completely rebuilt restaurant is planned for reopening by summer of 2011, he said, noting that nearly 700 Red Lobster restaurants across North America will be redesigned over a five-year period with 51 remodels planned by June 2011.
“The Bar Harbor design creates a warm, inviting seaside atmosphere and builds on the many improvements made inside the restaurant over the last several years,” Jaronski said. “Those include the debut of an award-winning ‘Today’s Fresh Fish Menu’ to more culinary-forward items prepared on our ‘Wood-Fire Grill.’”
The new restaurant’s interior will feature dark wood paneling, warm-toned fabrics, soft lighting and nautical décor, such as signal flags and seaside-inspired artwork, he said. The exterior will include a shingled roof, stone towers, lanterns and flags with outdoor Adirondack benches.
With a 2010 land value of $2.9 million and a $630,000 value of its existing building at 11550 SW 88 St., the Red Lobster carries a current market value of $3.6 million.