Utilizing the financial rewards of The Green Frog, Darden invested in several Howard Johnsons and hotels in Florida. The advent of air conditioning, the blossoming network of interstate highways, and a growing population, provided the path to opportunity for this entrepreneur. Residents and tourists needed places to eat. In 1968, Bill Darden thinking that a seafood restaurant might be successful in a non-coastal location, opened the first Red Lobster in Lakeland, Florida.
The rest is definitely history. Darden, as the corporate entity is now known, grew to become one of the world's largest full- service restaurant company owning and operating more than 2,000 restaurants. Bill Darden died in 1994 at the age of 75.
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Cool Culinaria Ultimate Giclee Prints on 130lb paper. 11oz ceramic mugs . All printed in USA.
Each print is accompanied by a copy of the interior menu.