Merrillville Red Lobster Bar Harbor Design

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Photos in this particular collage are courtesy of Red Lobster. I decided to spare innocent bystanders from my aggressive photo taking.

One of the things that I love about dining out… besides getting my eat on, is observing the restaurant’s overall atmosphere and design. I love capturing those elements with my camera, even if that makes me look a little weird… or as Greg says like I ain’t never been anywhere before, lol. I’m a media blogger and photog. It’s just what I do. Earlier this season, I was invited to dine, observe, and capture at one of my favorite restaurants; Red Lobster. Yum! My local Red Lobster had been remodeled so I was given the opportunity to check it out.

Red Lobster restaurants all across North America are being redesigned (700 by 2014) in a style inspired by the seaside fishing villages of Bar Harbor, Maine. The new exterior features of the restaurants reflect architecture found throughout New England, including a stone tower, ship lanterns, and Adirondack-style chairs to encourage conversation. Interiors are now more inviting, welcoming guests to cozier booths, softer lighting, nautical decor, and seaside-inspired artwork. Red Lobster even redesigned their logo! There goes my inner nerd.

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The redesign is just one of the many improvements made inside Red Lobster restaurants over the last several years – from the debut of an award-winning Today’s Fresh Fish Menu to bringing guests more delicious items prepared on their signature Wood-Fire Grill.

Our time spent at our local Red Lobster restaurant was very pleasant. When we walked into the restaurant, I immediately noticed the walls which were painted a soft cream color and decorated with portholes, nautical flags, and seaside paintings. The design was fresh, clean, and chill. Food was delicious as usual. I had the Harborside Lobster & Shrimp, Greg had the Steak Lobster-and-Shrimp Oscar, and Jayden, chicken fingers and fries. Oh, and of course we noshed on those scrumptious Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Nom.

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Our waiter was so nice and attentive. He even offered to take a photo of us together or in his words, “When I come back, I’m going to take a photo of you guys! Okay?” I thought that was super sweet. I wish I could remember his name. If I find our receipt, I’ll be sure to update this post. I am loving the overall changes in our Red Lobster. That evening, I had my dose of Food Network and HGTV. Pretty sweet. I’m sharing the love below. Enter the giveaway so that you can dine, observe, and capture and too!

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Win a $40 Red Lobster Gift Card!

Giveaway ends March 21st 12:01 EST. A winner in the U.S. will be randomly selected and announced in the Rafflecopter widget below. Check out my Giveaway Rules if you have any questions. Good luck!


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Red Lobster provided me with two gift cards; one to visit my local restaurant and one to facilitate this giveaway. Full disclosure here. Opinions are my own… and you know this :).

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