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Seafood lovers can rejoice. Darden Restaurants which owns the Red Lobster Restaurants has found it necessary to respond to the rumors which have gone viral this week regarding closures of the Red Lobster Restaurants. According to the Orlando Sentinel on Friday, Darden Restaurants said on Friday that it is not closing Red Lobster Restaurants.

Darden Restaurants, which also owns several other restaurant chains, said it is going to stop building new Olive Garden Restaurants and will slow the growth of LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurants in the future.

Darden found it necessary to stop the inaccurate reports that have been prominent on the Internet this past week which have stated that Red Lobster Restaurants were closing. The news became so incredibly viral that the top trending topic on the Yahoo web site’s list of trending topics on its opening page has been “Red Lobster closing.” Additionally, the rumors were being asserted as fact on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Rich Jeffers, a spokesman for Darden which is an Orland-based firm, said that it plans to sell or spin off the Red Lobster chain into a separate company last week. However, this week, it is being clarified that Darden has never said that the restaurants are closing.

Darden has pointed the finger at an LA Weekly report which said the restaurants were closing, and it says other news outlets ran with the inaccurate story rather than checking their facts with the firm.

For the record, you did not read that Darden was closing Red Lobster Restaurants here, because no one was answering the phones at Darden during the holidays to verify the story.

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