Joe’s Crab Shacks across the country, including the Lewisville location, are serving up peace, love and closures.
The Lewisville location, one of more than 40 recently shut down sites, officially closed the morning of Aug. 8, but customers are still trickling into its parking lot to discover the news through a handwritten sign, photographer Johnny Schmitz said.
Joe’s Crab Shack parent company Ignite Restaurant Group filed for relief through Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June. Houston-based Landry’s, Inc. was the highest bidder at $57 million in an auction for Ignite and certain affiliates, with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones approving the agreement on Aug. 17.
Joe’s Crab Shack representatives have yet to respond to The Lewisville Texan Journal’s queries. The 24-hour media assistance phone number listed on the seafood chain’s website has been disconnected.
Google lists the Lewisville location at 2066 S. Stemmons Freeway as permanently closed as well as two Dallas locations on Technology Boulevard and Lamar Street.
The locations have been scrubbed from the Joe’s Crab Shack website locations, with the nearest open restaurant at 201 W. State Highway 114 in Grapevine. An employee at the Grapevine location said some of Lewisville’s workers now work there.
Landry’s, Inc. was the original parent company of Joe’s Crab Shack until it sold the majority of its locations for $192 million to a private equity group in 2006, BizJournal reported.
Ignite provided a notice of 87 layoffs to the Texas Workforce Commission, the layoff date being today, Aug. 22.