Lewisville Joe’s Crab Shack shuts its doors

A sign alerting would-be customers to the closure of Joe's Crab Shack in Lewisville is taped to the door next to the hours open decal. (Photo by Johnny Schmitz)

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.

A peak through the window at the now-defunct Joe’s Crab Shack in Lewisville shows an unfurnished dining area. (Photo by Johnny Schmitz)

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 Joe’s Crab Shack off South Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville shut down earlier this month. (Photo by Johnny Schmitz)

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.

The restaurant’s website shows 66 locations remain open as of Aug. 22. Some Joe’s Crab Shack locations may be converted into other Landry concepts, Houston Chronicle reported.

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.