Florida-based Darden Restaurants Inc. says it is looking to either spin off or sell Red Lobster, part of its plan to boost shareholder value.
The company, which also runs Olive Garden and other restaurants, said Thursday that it is also suspending the opening of new Olive Garden locations and will limit the opening of new LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants.
Restaurant chains such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster have suffered since the downturn, with people being more careful about their spending.
Darden said it has decided it won't make any acquisitions of additional brands ``for the foreseeable future.''
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