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Red Lobster -- for the non-seafood lover in you

10:48 AM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
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By Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Red Lobster isn't just for the seafood lover in you. It's also for that picky eater in every group who just wants a simple chicken dish.

The chain that brought seafood to the masses is hoping to broaden its appeal by revamping its menu on Oct. 15 to include more dishes that appeal to those who don't want to eat seafood. The chain, which is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., also is boosting the number of dishes that are under $15.

A lot hinges on the makeover. After a streak of healthy growth that began in the late 1980s, the casual dining segment has struggled to grow in the past few years. People also are eating out less or trading down to places like Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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