By Lisa Collins-Haynes
The Manassas Red Lobster, located at 7505 Broken Branch Lane, was selected from 704 other locations as the first restaurant to receive one of several remodel prototypes. When asked why the Manassas location was chosen, General Manager Jesse Green said, “It’s because we are in a multicultural area, and we are a high-performing location. Our guest experience has been consistent, and we have a core team of knowledgeable employees, many of whom have been here for 10+ years.” The Manassas Red Lobster opened on March 1, 1993.
The remodel took place over nine weeks, during which the restaurant remained open to customers the entire time. It now has a totally new look with a contemporized, lighter and brighter aesthetic that conveys a refreshed seafood experience. Some of the changes include the new illuminated lobster tank positioned in the lobby area as guests enter the restaurant. The redesigned bar area now has nautical-themed, high-top tables and bar stools, and the lounge-style area has community tables for larger parties
and comfy leather seating.
Green said, “I’ve noticed that [the lounge] is the place where families naturally migrate when they dine with us.” It’s close to the large television screens; it will be a popular space as football season heats up. Guests will also notice the hand-painted feature boards, a life-sized ceramic tile wall mural of a whole lobster in the dining area and other eye-catching, dynamic artwork around the restaurant.
Dine Time Offers Online Reservations
Another feature new to the restaurant is Dine Time, which will add some convenience to the dining experience by allowing guests to make reservations online. This location is also outfitted with WIFI. And speaking of outfits—the staff is donning new uniforms as well.
Tasting Plates and Old Favorites
Now you may be wondering what’s new from the kitchen. You’ll be glad to know that the Cheddar Bay biscuits are still there, but new items have been added to the menu as well as weekly specials. The tour wouldn’t have been complete without sampling some of the new Tasting Plates: Yucatan Shrimp,
dragon broccoli, Red Lobster Roll and shrimp pot stickers. All delicious additions!
Jewel Lewis of Manassas is a regular and said, “I love the new layout and 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.
The Manassas Red Lobster is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Call the restaurant at 703-335-2553 or visit redlobster.com/locations/list/va/manassas/7505-broken-branch-lane.
Lisa Collins-Haynes ([email protected]) is married and the mother of one daughter. She is currently working as a freelance entertainment and travel writer, and you can follow her
travels at octsblogger.wordpress.com.