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Joe’s Crab Shack Closes Over 40 Locations With No Warning

When it comes to Joe’s Crab Shack’s Lobster Daddy Feast and Crab Cake Dinner, apparently America isn’t buying.

The popular beach-themed seafood chain closed 41 locations across the United States with no warning.

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Its parent company, Ignite Restaurant Group, filed for bankruptcy in June. Landry’s Inc. won a $57million auction to buy the Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap chains.

At its peak in 2014, the seafood chain had 139 restaurants across the United States. It now operates just 72 locations, according to its website.

It slowly began closing restaurants as sales problems increased, declining to 130 locations in 2015, and then 112 at the end of 2016.

The multiple closings were abrupt and caught both employees and customers by surprise.

Employees at a Hampton, Virginia, location showed up for work Tuesday morning to find out the restaurant had been closed.

‘To hear that we shut down, no warning, no nothing…[I] pulled out my computer and immediately started applying,’ an employee told WVEC.

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