Joe’s Crab Shack is reportedly closing more than 40 restaurants in 19 states

The restaurants have been closing with little warning, according to employees.

Joe's Crab Shack
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Apparently, many Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern restaurants have been closing—without warning—across the country this month.

The closures started the week of Aug. 7, according to The Consumerist, which has been keeping a close eye on this story.

Employees have told the news website that they showed up for work one day or hopped on a conference call and were told the restaurant would be closing.

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The parent company for Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern is Ignite Restaurant Group Inc. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

The Consumerist is gathering a list of close restaurants from consumers and local news reports.


Here’s what The Consumerist has been able to piece together so far:

Joe’s Crab Shack


20 Meadowview Dr., Meadowbrook


1420 S Azusa Ave., City of Industry

Hazard Center, San Diego

245 Jefferson St., San Francisco


1451 N Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale

12124 S Apopka Vineland Road, Lake Buena Vista

4402 N University Dr., Lauderhill

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1590 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth


11965 Strang Line Road, Olathe


51 Ludwig Dr., Fairview Heights

5626 Northridge Dr., Gurnee

2000 E Golf Road, Schaumburg


8250 Dean Road, Indianapolis

2727 E 80th Ave., Merrillville


7051 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover


3020 Lohr Road, Ann Arbor

4975 S Baldwin Road, Lake Orion

33879 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights


2704 Snelling Ave., Roseville


20001 E Jackson Dr., Independence

5856 Suemandy Dr., St. Peters



701 N 102nd St., Omaha

New Jersey

1048 Cedarbridge Ave., Brick

Monmouth Mall, Eatontown


4250 E Sunset Road, Henderson

New York

4125 Maple Road, Amherst

1700 The Arches Circle, Deer Park

100 Marketplace Drive, Rochester

Palisades Mall, West Nyack

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5940 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City

7646 E 61st St., Tulsa


1520 Nolan Ryan Expressway, Arlington

10250 E Technology Blvd., Dallas

14901 N Fwy I-45, Houston

12400 Gulf Freeway, Houston

2066 S Stemmons, Lewisville

711 E Expressway 83, McAllen

3239 Silver Lake Village Drive, Pearland


7277 S Plaza Center Drive, West Jordan


1974 Power Plant Parkway, Hampton

Brick House Tavern


5650 W Touhy Ave., Niles


6300 North Fwy., Fort Worth


Some people took to social media to express their disappointment, including this woman on Twitter who wrote that, “Our Joe’s Crab Shack was suddenly closed, as the most recent reminder that everything I love leaves me.”

There was no mention of the closure’s on the Joe’s Crab Shack twitter account, however.

RELATED: These 17 Popular Retailers Are Closing Stores In 2017

Other Struggling Restaurants

Right now, we’re experiencing what experts are calling the “restaurant recession,” which means chains that we all know are starting to see fewer customers.

Applebee’s and IHOP recently announced that more than 150 restaurants would be closing across the country.

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The parent company for both chains, DineEquity, says it plans to close between 105 and 135 Applebee’s locations and 20 to 25 IHOP restaurants.

“We are investing in the empowerment of our brands by improving overall franchisee financial health, closing underperforming restaurants and enhancing the supply chain,” interim CEO Richard Dahl said in a statement.

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