A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 06, 2012
Led Robster or Lead Robster (Red Lobster nickname)

Red Lobster seafood restaurant was founded in Lakeland, Florida, in 1968. The spoonerism of the Red Lobster name—“Led Robster” or “Lead Robster”—has been cited in print since at least 1994.


Wikipedia: Red Lobster
Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

History
Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a “Harbor for Seafood Lovers”, the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Fast Food Chain names (was Re: Political Correction)
blaszczak on BIX
6/19/94
Most people I know say “Busway” for the sandwich shop and “Led Robster” for the cheap seafood place.

Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)
Flight kying? It’s a tip of the slongue
By Cathy Free
Deseret News columnist
Published: Thursday, Jan. 6 2000 9:05 a.m. MST
Summary
I accepted their invitation to “loo dunch,” and now I’m sitting with Hamer and Betty Jo Reiser at the “Led Robster,” debating between the “crimp” or the “shrab” and wondering when the “bot and huttered” rolls are going to show up.

Roadfood.com Forum
CraigieFresh
Led Robster Wed, 07/20/05 3:07 PM
Cheddar Bay Biscuits...what a great way to start what would become a fantastically huge meal, everytime I visited the great RL.

Horse Size Pills
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2007
Led Robster
I’ve been dealing with cravings again.

One Day At A Time
Friday, April 2, 2010
Dinner at the Led Robster
HERE we are again, viewing these unusual blinders.

Serious Eats
Restaurant Nicknames
AUG 3, 2010 12:37 PM
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CallieGil
8:15AM ON 08/04/10
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And my all-time favorite:
Lead Robster - Red Lobster (That’s what my son called it when he was little.) In retrospect, it’s accurate. They load you down with biscuits and bad seafood, then they rob you for it.

Urban Dictionary
Led Robster
How the Japs say Red Lobster
Hachiro is taking Kazumi to the Led Robster for her birthday
by wolfbait51 May 24, 2011

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Thursday, December 06, 2012 • Permalink