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Red Lobster closes Lincoln location
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Red Lobster closes Lincoln location

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The Red Lobster at 6540 O St., which has been open for 44 years, closed this week.

One of Lincoln's longest-running chain restaurants has closed.

Red Lobster, which has been serving seafood in the Capital City for more than four decades, closed its location at 6540 O St. this week.

"After more than 44 years of being part of the Lincoln community, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to close our restaurant at 6540 O St.," Nicole Bogen, the restaurant's director of communications, said in a statement. "This decision was not made lightly, but it is necessary after being unable to reach an agreement with our landlord.”

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The building is owned by a company called SRB Gateway LLC, which acquired it in 2019 along with the former Sears building at Gateway Mall. The company has a Dallas-area address, but no contact information is listed.

Red Lobster joins a string of both local and chain restaurants that have closed over the past 18 months, many of them because of a loss of business because of the coronavirus pandemic. They include Sebastian's Table, Chez SoDo, The Nebraska Club, Chuck E. Cheese, Jimmy's Egg, BurgerFi and Zoup!

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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