Joe’s Crab Shack is a chain of beach-themed seafood restaurants.
The first Joe’s Crab Shack opened in Houston, Texas in 1991. In 1994 Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. bought the restaurant and within one year had grown to three locations.
In 2006 Joe’s was sold to J.H. Whitney & Company for $192 million. J.H. Whitney later changed its name to Ignite Restaurant Group.
Today Joe’s Crab Shack is a national chain with 110 restaurants in 28 states. The restaurants have a festive atmosphere and many are on waterfront property with large outdoor patios. Many include features such as playgrounds and arcades.
In June of 2017, the company filed for bankruptcy. Kelly Investment Group has offered $50 million for the chain, but there is no word yet as to whether this offer will be accepted.
The corporate office for Joe’s Crab Shack remains in Houston, Texas.