Cranberry Approves Red Lobster Liquor License Transfer

Construction could begin on the new restaurant by January.

The wheels are in motion for a Red Lobster to replace the King’s Restaurant on Route 19 in Cranberry.

At Thursday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Cranberry officials unanimously approved an inter-municipal liquor license transfer for the seafood chain, which is owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Speaking on behalf of GMR Restaurants of Pennsylvania LLC—a subsidiary of Darden—attorney Mark Kozar told Cranberry officials during Thursday’s public hearing that the proposed 5,880 square foot restaurant would seat 220 people. The restaurant will employee about 100 workers, he said.

“Red Lobster would be a great addition to Cranberry Township and provide residents with a different dining experience,” he said.

The new restaurant would replace the King’s located at 20117 Route 19 in the Cranberry Mall.

The King’s restaurant would be torn down. The new Red Lobster would be built from the ground up in its place.  

For now, the King’s restaurant remains open. Kozar said construction could begin by January. The proposed opening date for the new restaurant is sometime in July 2013.

Up next, the Cranberry Planning Advisory Commission will review Red Lobster’s land development plans at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Cranberry Municipal Center.

Kozar said the exterior of the building would have bleached shake siding meant to reflect the seaside. The interior would feature warm woods and stones, he said.

What do you think of proposed plans for the Red Lobster? Would you miss the King’s Family Restaurant? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Angela Cardello Pattison October 26, 2012 at 01:10 PM
It's not a Mitchell's Fish Market, but it will be welcomed.
Janet Butler October 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
yuk! It will just be a replacement for the same style/quality food that Kings serves. Same clientele. I've never eaten at Kings and won't eat at RL.
Jessica Repp October 26, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Ummmm two words: Cheddar Biscuits :) Chain restaurant fan or not, gotta love those biscuits!!
Art Wegweiser October 26, 2012 at 04:49 PM
How exciting! An other mediocre chain restaurant is granted the right to serve overpriced alcohol. Not to mention overpriced and marginal food. Cranberry officials getting a little worried about not enough business, are they? Approve anything that brings in some cash flow, I guess.
Mike October 26, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Don't eat seafood but those Cheddar biscuits are good. Its the only thing I will eat there...
Marilyn R. Kouvolo October 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
We eat at the King's restaurant often, especially for breakfast. It is a great, reasonably priced family type restaurant with a wonderful staff. I for one don't look forward to it being closed and replaced with a higher priced specialty restaurant.
Drew October 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
The people that are complaining that this is "another mediocre chain" are just flat out ridiculous. Do people not understand that an improvement is a GOOD thing? So happy about Red Lobster replacing King's!!!
comp October 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Since it is a Darden chain would have preferred Seasons 52 Red Lobster being seafood is like saying Olive Garden is great Italian
Art Wegweiser October 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
And Taco Bell is great Mexican and McDonalds is great American - maybe it is the best we can do? The Russians love it as long as vodka is served.
Drew October 28, 2012 at 03:33 AM
nancy chambers October 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
its about time i have been saying this should have come a long time ago....about time...yes
sal November 15, 2012 at 03:59 PM
So it is okay to stereo type Russians, why not say that the Irish will love it as long as they serve whiskey or the Mexicans will love it as long as they serve tequila? You need to keep a watch on your prejudices! Can you be anymore negative?
Art Wegweiser November 16, 2012 at 02:53 PM
sal - have no sense of humor, eh. Actually in France McD's serves wine and in Germany Mc'D.s serves beer. A well known favorite national drink is a national drink. Hardly a negative anything.
Art Wegweiser November 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Well, OK. Searching for a negative? - British warm beer, but I doubt McD serves it. And in Germany I recall they also sell wurst (sausage) and it is better than their burgers by a lot.
Miltza kovacevich January 20, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I can't wait for red lobster in cranberry. I'm Russian and I'll drink all their overpriced vodka and eat all their cheddar biscuits and indulge myself on just about anything that ever swam in water. :-D


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