Red Lobster can pay vendors’ claims, may close 135 more restaurants

Red Lobster's Times Square location in New York City
Red Lobster's Times Square location in New York City | Photo courtesy of rblfmr/Shutterstock
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Red Lobster has been authorized to pay millions of dollars to vendors, a judge overseeing the restaurant chain’s bankruptcy petition ruled.

Additionally, the Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.-based operator of around 550 restaurants may close more than 100 additional restaurants if its unable to renegotiate leases, according to bankruptcy documents.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Grace A. Robson is permitting Red Lobster to pay up to USD 49.8 million (EUR 45.7 million) toward pre-petition amounts owed to certain vendors for goods delivered to Red Lobster within 20 days of the company's bankruptcy filing, according to Seafax.

Robson did not specify which vendors would be paid first, but Performance Food Group and Gordon Food Service are among the largest of Red Lobsters 100,000 creditors, according to the bankruptcy filing. Red Lobsters liabilities were listed between USD 1 billion (EUR 917 million) and USD 10 billion (EUR 9.2 billion).

Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.-based Performance Food Group is owed around USD 24.4 million (EUR 22.4 million), while Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based Gordon Foodservice Canada is owed USD 1.2 million (EUR 1.1 million).

Red Lobster lists 228 leases for restaurants that will result in ...

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