The giant seafood chain restaurant Red Lobster has abruptly closed 80 restaurants across the country including 10 locations in New York and two in the Hudson Valley.

Back in April, we told you that one of the biggest names in seafood was considering filing bankruptcy to restructure its debt, renegotiate leases, and shed some long-term contracts. As those rumors circulated many wondered what the future would look like for the seafood giant.

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Red Lobster Closes 80+ Restaurants

It appears the future includes closing numerous locations as 80+ Red Lobster locations in 27 states have gone from "open" to "temporarily closed" according to the restaurant's website. The closures come as the company continues to search for a buyer to avoid filing for Chapter 11 according to Fox 61.

The states with the most restaurants closing include Florida (16), New York (10), Texas (8), California (6), Maryland, North Carolina, and New Jersey (4). Many employees at the restaurants that abruptly closed reportedly received no notice that their location was closing.

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Red Lobster Closing in New York

Before Monday there were 29 Red Lobster locations open across New York. That number has been cut by 10 as locations in Lakewood, Buffalo, Amherst, Williamsville, Rochester, Stony Brook, Scarsdale, and Nanuet, New York have all closed.

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Two Hudson Valley Red Lobster Restaurants Closed

The Red Lobster restaurants in Poughkeepsie, NY at 2255 South Road (Route 9) and in Kingston, NY at 1 Miron Lane have both been temporally closed according to the Red Lobster website. We have attempted to contact each location by calling their listed phone number but it appears to already be disconnected.

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The Red Lobster in Middletown, NY at 450 Route 211 E remains open, as does the restaurant in Danbury, CT at 34 Backus Avenue.

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