FLOR500, Garden 272 Bill Darden, Restaurant Owner (1918–1994) In 1975, William Darden opened the first Red Lobster in Lakeland, Florida. With few frills and affordable prices, Red Lobster, and other restaurants opened by him offered families more choices when eating out. Today, Darden Restaurants is one of the few Fortune 500 companies that base their operations in Florida.
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Bill Darden, Restaurant Owner 

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Bill Darden, Restaurant Owner 

(1918–1994)

In 1975, William Darden opened the first Red Lobster in Lakeland, Florida. With few frills and affordable prices, Red Lobster, and other restaurants opened by him offered families more choices when eating out. Today, Darden Restaurants is one of the few Fortune 500 companies that base their operations in Florida.  





 




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