Darden, ROI to debut Red Lobster in Puerto Rico

Darden, ROI to debut Red Lobster in Puerto Rico

Franchise agreement will expand the casual-dining brand to the area by 2017

Darden Restaurants Inc. will expand its Red Lobster brand into Puerto Rico by 2017, the company said Tuesday, marking the brand's first move into the region.

The plans to expand Red Lobster are part of an amendment to Darden’s area development agreement with Restaurant Operators Inc., or ROI. The agreement gives ROI exclusive rights to develop Darden’s three largest brands — Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse — in Puerto Rico.

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