Red Lobster may not offer up every kind of shrimp dish there is, but what they might lack in variety they make up for in quantity with their annual Endless Shrimp celebration. With such specialties like Crispy Sriracha, it’s pretty hard not to be tempted by this shrimp bonanza. So is there a catch?
Well, to start, Red Lobster’s Endless Shrimp is actually a spinoff of a much less profitable promotion the company tried in the early 2000s called Endless Crab. Testing the public’s ability to eat endless crab cost Red Lobster millions and resulted in its then-president getting the boot after a $405.9 million loss in stock value.
It turns out diners needed to eat a whole lot of crab to fill up, which was definitely not good for Red Lobster’s bottom line. Shrimp are a lot cheaper than crab though, which is why Endless Shrimp made its debut a year after the crab experiment ended.
Here’s the thing with getting your money’s worth when it comes to Endless Shrimp, though it’s going to take some serious willpower. Take, for instance, Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits. As tempting as they may be, you would be wise to avoid touching those. They’re free, you can make them at home, and they’ll just fill you up.
The quicker a person fills up on carbs or the array of sugary drinks and sides that Red Lobster offers, the less shrimp they’ll eat.
Now for the question on everyone’s minds: Is this festival of bottomless shrimp really endless, or will management eventually step in? Well, according to one longtime employee on Reddit, it does sound as though you can eat until you have to be wheelbarrowed out of the restaurant.
When asked if the deal really was endless, the Red Lobster employee said:
“If you mean that if you were to come in at open and eat til close, [then] yes.”
The employee did have a strong opinion on anyone who might consider that, though, continuing with,
“However, that’s truly disgusting and you better have a […] good tip in tow.”
To really test out the endless factor, two employees at Business Insider put their own shrimp eating capabilities to the test and devoured 350 shrimp before tossing in the towel. Sounds pretty endless to us.
To really get your Endless Shrimp money’s worth, the Red Lobster employee said a person would have to eat between two and four times beyond the initial meal. So whether it’s wiser to spend your money on the endless shrimp special or a regular meal really boils down to one’s own stamina with this seafood marathon.
Keep watching the video to see the truth about Red Lobster’s endless shrimp.
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