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June 30, 2011

Cracked open, Red Lobster work scuttles along

Here's some from my column PLUS a video of me standing on a dirt pile.

Look for the print edition for entire piece.

Construction crews have cracked the shell, leaving the exposed building looking dull and dusty in the shadow of Rochester's Apache Mall, but by this fall local diners will be seeing red there.
While it looks like a crustacean without its shell right now, the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill on the west side of the mall should be transformed into the new home of Rochester's Red Lobster by the end of October.
The faux-stone facade has been torn off down to the plywood on the former restaurant that closed in 2008.

But that will soon change, says Tom Mikelson, the long-time general manager of the local Red Lobster.

"We are revamping the building, but you'll hardly recognize it when we're done," he says.


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