By Lisa Collins-Haynes
The Manassas Red Lobster, at 7505 Broken Branch Lane, was selected out of 704 other locations to be the first one to receive one of several remodel prototypes. When asked why Manassas was chosen, General Manager Jesse Green said, “It’s because we are in a multicultural area and we are a high performing location; guest experience has been consistent and we have a core team of knowledge with many employees being here for 10+ years”. The Manassas Red Lobster opened on March 1, 1993.
The remodel took place over nine weeks and was open to service customers the entire time. It’s a totally new look, with a contemporized, lighter and brighter aesthetic that conveys a refreshed seafood experience. Some of the changes made include the new illuminated lobster tank positioned in the lobby area as guests enter the restaurant. The redesigned bar area now has high top tables with a nautical theme and barstools; and the lounge-style area has community tables for larger parties with comfy leather seating. Green says, “I’ve noticed that area is the place where families are naturally migrating to when they dine with us.” It’s close to the large television screens; it will be a popular space as football season gets underway. Guests will also notice the hand-painted feature boards, a life-size ceramic tile wall mural of a whole lobster in the dining area, and other eye catching and dynamic artwork around the restaurant.
Another feature that is new to the restaurant is the Dine Time. It will add some convenience to the dining experience and allow guests to make reservations online. This location is now outfitted with WIFI. And speaking of outfits—the staff will now be donning new uniforms as well.
Now you maybe wondering what’s new from the kitchen—you’ll be glad to know that the cheddar biscuits are still there and they added new items to the menu and weekly specials. My tour wouldn’t have been complete without sampling some of the new Tasting Plates—Yucatan Shrimp, Dragon Broccoli (my favorite), Red Lobster Roll and Shrimp Potstickers. All delicious additions!
Although this was my first trip to Red Lobster, it definitely won’t be my last! Jewel Lewis of Manassas is a regular and said, “I love the new layout, the brighter colors, and their great and consistent service is the same.” Green and his staff are eagerly waiting to show both returning guests and first-time visitors their remodeled space.