212 College Street #100 San Antonio, TX 78205


Joe’s Crab Shack opened its first location in Houston, Texas in 1991. Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. purchased the original Joe’s in Houston in early 1994 to convert it into a Landry’s Restaurant. By 1995 the chain had grown to three locations in Houston and one in Dallas.[1]

Today the brand includes a national chain featuring a festive but laid-back atmosphere.[2]

On November 17, 2006, Joe’s was sold to J.H. Whitney & Company, a privately held company, operating as JCS Holdings, LLC. The sales price was $192 million including the assumption of liabilities of $225 million.[3]

JCS Holdings changed their name to Ignite Restaurant Group in April 2009 and operated the 130 existing Joe’s and 26 Brickhouse Tavern and Tap restaurants. Ignite Restaurant Group went public in 2012.[4] The company was headquartered on Westpark Drive near the Westchase District of Houston.[5]

As of January 2014, Joe’s had a total of 138 restaurants located in 35 states. The state with the highest number of locations is Texas, which had 28.[6]

Ignite Restaurant Group filed for bankruptcy protection on June 6, 2017,[7] and was re-acquired by Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. in August 2017, the company that had sold it to Ignite’s predecessor.[8][9]

In August 2017, the chain closed 40 locations in several states amid bankruptcy proceedings as Landry’s prepared to take over.[10] Landry’s has plans to re-focus the chain, and then to grow it again.