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Red Lobster closings: See which locations are shutting down as company files for bankruptcy

Red Lobster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Florida, the company confirmed in a statement late Sunday night.

Last week, Red Lobster's website listed 87 stores listed as "temporarily closed" across 27 states, with some of them having their kitchen equipment up for auction on an online restaurant liquidator.

According to Red Lobster, the company intends to use the bankruptcy proceedings to "drive operational improvements, simplify the business through a reduction in locations, and pursue a sale of substantially all of its assets."

Red Lobster, founded in 1968 and headquartered in Orlando, said in the statement Sunday night it would sell its business to a new entity that will be wholly owned and controlled by its lenders, and that "Red Lobster's restaurants will remain open and operating as usual during the Chapter 11 process." The company has been working with vendors to ensure restaurant operations are unaffected, according to the statement.

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"This restructuring is the best path forward for Red Lobster. It allows us to address several financial and operational challenges and emerge stronger and re-focused on our growth," said Jonathan Tibus, the company's CEO, in the statement. "The support we've received from our lenders and vendors will help ensure that we can complete the sale process quickly and efficiently while remaining focused on our employees and guests."

Here's what we know about the closures, including where they're happening and why these restaurants are closing.

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Which Red Lobster locations are closed?

Each of these restaurants are currently listed as temporarily closed on the website:

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

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Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Louisiana

Maryland

Mississippi

Missouri

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Who own Red Lobster restaurants?

Thai Union Group − which is based in Thailand − has been the largest shareholder since 2020, owning 49% of the company. Darden Restaurants originally sold off Red Lobster to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital in 2014 for about $2.1 billion.

Red Lobster suffered big losses with 'Ultimate Endless Shrimp' promotion

In 2023, the seafood chain's "Ultimate Endless Shrimp" deal became more popular than expected, inadvertently becoming a key factor in a $11 million loss in the third quarter.

The limited-time promotional deal, in which guests picked two types of shrimp to enjoy nonstop for $20, landed a permanent spot on Red Lobster menus in June. Red Lobster's parent company, Thai Union Group, said in November 2023 that the chain was headed toward a $20 million loss for 2023. Now the endless shrimp deal costs $25.

Thai Union Group CFO Ludovic Regis Henri Garnier said in an earnings report call that the company was aware the initial price for the endless-shrimp deal was cheap. The offer was intended to draw customers into restaurants, but orders exceeded expectations, he said.

"We wanted to boost our traffic, and it didn't work," Garnier told investors in November 2023, according to Restaurant Business Magazine. "We want to keep it on the menu. And of course we need to be much more careful regarding what are the entry points and what is the price point we are offering for this promotion."

Contributing: Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY

Gabe Hauari is a national trending news reporter at USA TODAY. You can follow him on X @GabeHauari or email him at Gdhauari@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: These US Red Lobster locations are closing after bankruptcy filing