Darden said to close 9 Bahama Breezes

ORLANDO Fla. While announcing the discontinuation of its Smokey Bones chain, Red Lobster parent Darden Restaurants Inc. quietly cut the size of its Bahama Breeze operation by about a third this weekend, with nine of the chain's 32 units closing nationwide.

The shuttered stores were "not in the best locations or trade areas for the brands," Darden said.

The Caribbean-themed Bahama Breeze was conceived by Darden as a high-volume complement to its more

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