'Endless Crab' could have bankrupted Red Lobster

In 2003, Red Lobster learned a hard lesson: When you offer "Endless Crab" for dinner, you'd better be ready to serve endless crab. In a story on the ups and downs of the seafood chain, BuzzFeed documents one of Red Lobster's biggest mistakes: a 2003 "Endless Crab" special that was taken too literally by diners.

Red Lobster's tactical error was underestimating just how many times customers would request another crab plate during a single visit. "It wasn't the second helping [of crab], it was...

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