UNDATED (WSAU) A new chain restaurant is coming to the Wausau area. An announcement is expected later this week on the brand-name and location.
It will not be a Red Lobster. Darden Restaurants, Red Lobster's parent company, says it only considers metro areas with at least 125,000 people. The Wausau-metro is about 50,000 short.
Red Lobster also doesn't consider areas where large numbers of churches and bars hold fish fries -- since it cuts down on their Friday night business.
The location for the new restaurant hasn't been announced either, although land has been cleared for development along Rib Mountain Drive and on Wausau's west side.