BURLINGTON — Red Lobster has reportedly closed dozens of restaurants across the country this week, including one in Burlington, and an online restaurant liquidator is auctioning off kitchen equipment from some of them.

The closures come after the popular seafood chain has had several years of financial struggle. It made headlines in December when it announced its Endless Shrimp deal was a major reason it reported an $11 million operating loss in the quarter. The deal, in which guests picked two types of shrimp to enjoy for as much as they could eat for $20 (later increased to $25), had been around for 18 years, but in June 2023 Red Lobster expanded it to “all day, every day” instead of just on Mondays.