Red Lobster on Vantage Point

Red Lobster suddenly closed dozens of restaurants across the country this week, including eight in Texas and their last two in Dallas. Their location on Vantage Point near Greenville Avenue and I-635 is now shuttered.

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A paper sign posted in the front window of the Vantage Point shop reads, “This location is closed. We look forward to serving you at another Red Lobster location in the future.”

Online restaurant liquidator TAGeX Brands announced Monday it plans to auction off equipment from 52 stores, and Red Lobster has reported up to 99 sites are now closed. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is likely, according to Bloomberg News.

For many years, Vantage Point played host to multiple national restaurant and hotel chains, but only Olive Garden and Holiday Inn Express remain. Taking a direct hit by the 2019 tornado didn’t do businesses in the area any favors. The pandemic was a gut punch. Years-long construction along LBJ East has been the camel’s last straw. Most restaurant sites now sit vacant. The Extended Stay America — dubbed the “Hotel from Hell” by Dallas police officers forced to repeatedly return and handle crime from drugs to prostitution to murder — has been transformed into a St. Jude center for permanent supportive housing.

If you’re craving Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay biscuits and garlic shrimp scampi, your best bet today is probably the Mesquite location near Town East Mall or the Plano location near 75 and Parker Raod.