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St. Louis Area Restaurants Among 40 Joe’s Crab Shack Closings

St. Louis Area Restaurants Among 40 Joe’s Crab Shack Closings

Shuttered Restaurants Tied to Joe’s Crab Shack’s Likely Return to Original Parent Company

St. Louis, MO/August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — If you had plans to have lunch or dinner with friends or family at Joe’s Crab Shack in Fairview Heights or St. Peters, you’ll need to make other plans.  If you’ve been saving that Joe’s Crab Shack gift card you found in your stocking last Christmas for a special occasion, then you’ve probably waited too long.  The family seafood favorite at 51 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights, Illinois abruptly closed over the weekend.  The Joe’s Crab Shack at 5856 Suemandy Drive in St. Peters was similarly shuttered.  It’s unclear if employees were notified prior to the closing.  Illinois staff members received their final paychecks Tuesday, according to a report in the Belleville News-Democrat.

An email sent to employees Monday and obtained by the BND blamed parent company Ignite Restaurant Group’s June bankruptcy filing and impending sale for the permanent closure of the St. Louis area restaurants.  The company has closed more than 40 Joe’s Crab Shack locations across the country, including all three Illinois locations (Fairview Heights, Gurnee, and Schaumberg), and two in Missouri (St. Peters and Independence).  According to the restaurant’s website, the only remaining Joe’s Crab Shack in Missouri is the Branson location at 717 Branson Landing.  Otherwise, local Crab Shack fans will have to drive to Memphis, Nashville, or Louisville, KY for their favorite steampot.

The closures follow a June 6th announcement that a tentative deal was in place for the sale of Joe’s Crab Shack and a sister brand, Brick House Tavern + Tap, to the San Diego-based private equity firm Kelly Companies.  The announcement also stated that “Pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code” Ignite would also file a motion to allow other companies to submit bids for its holdings through a Court-supervised process to purchase the assets being sold.  The original parent company of Joe’s Crab Shack, Landry’s Inc. (Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Morton’s The Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s, etc.) won the bankruptcy auction last week to acquire Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap for $57 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.  A final hearing on the sale is scheduled for this week, but it is expected to be approved.

The restaurant shutdowns are counter to statements made by Ignite Restaurant Group in announcing its bankruptcy sale.  That announcement had indicated there would be no closings as a result of the company’s Chapter 11 filings and impending sale.  It read in part, “Both Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap restaurants will remain open and operating as usual and Ignite customers can expect to continue to enjoy the same great food and service that they have come to expect from our brands.”  Clearly the plans have changed since Landry’s won their bid.

In an interview after last week’s bidding win, Landry’s founder Tilman Fertitta told National Restaurant News that Landry’s plans call for shrinking the Joe’s Crab Shack concept “considerably” and to sell off the Brick House casual-dining brand.  Fertitta had originally bought Joe’s Crab Shack in 1994, when it had one restaurant, and sold the brand to private-equity firm J.H Whitney & Co. in 2006, which went public in 2009, changing its name to Ignite Restaurant Group.

According to the website Consumerist.com, the company began closing restaurants without warning on August 7th, with some employees reporting that they showed up for work and were turned away.  In April 2017, the Joe’s Crab Shack website had listed 112 locations nationwide.  As of this writing, there are just 72—reflecting these recent closures.  It is unclear what will become of the shuttered St. Louis area locations.

Explore an affordable All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Cuisine at Sushi AI

Explore an affordable All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Cuisine at Sushi AI

Sushi AI, St. Charles, Missouri

ST. CHARLES, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Sushi AI located in St. Charles creates an exotic yet casual dining atmosphere.  As you’re seated to your cozy table you’ll notice that you are surrounded by green bamboo floor to ceiling accents, which perfectly set the mood for your culinary adventure.  And you can enjoy exploring without blowing your budget with Sushi AI’s All-You-Can -Eat” lunch and dinner specials.  And for those who are true sushi connoisseurs, this is a pretty big deal as this type of dining can be quite costly, but not at Sushi AI!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this type of food is the delicate and colorful presentation.  Legend has it that a truly great itamae-san or sushi chef should be able to create the nigirizushi or sushi in which all of the rice grains face the same direction.  At this restaurant, expect to see beautiful culinary art on your plate.

For fans who enjoy the traditional raw fresh fish rolls, sushi or sashimi, there’s a wide variety of rolls or hand rolls to chose from such as: Yellowtail, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, Philadelphia and Christmas roll and so many more.  Their sushi or sashimi menu features favorites such as White Tuna, Sweet Shrimp, Mackerel, Red clam, Octopus, Masago, Spicy Scallop, and Smoked Salmon, to name a few.

For those who prefer alternatives to the traditional Japanese sushi, Sushi AI has many fully cooked or vegetarian rolls such as: Cucumber, California, Honey, Shrimp Tempura, Yamaha, Boston, Jalapeno, Futo Maki and many more.  Fully cooked or sashimi menu items include Shrimp, Crab, and Avacado, to name a few.

Sushi AI Special Rolls include: Crazy Spicy Crab Roll, Sexy Girl Roll, Volcano Roll, Under Control Roll, Obama’s Choice Roll, Pink Lady Roll, World Series Roll, Yummie Roll and more.

Their menu also includes a selection of Hibachi items: Proteins (chicken, beef, shrimp and salmon) Hibachi Fried Rice &/or Lo Mein with vegetable &/or protein options.  The House Specialties feature several Teriyaki favorites such as Chicken Teriyaki and Tempura dishes such as Soft Shell Crab Tempura.  The Chef’s Specialties include General Tso’s Chicken, Sesame Chicken and Orange Chicken.

The menu boasts plenty of appetizers as well such as Crab Rangoon, Tempura (Vegetable, Shrimp or Soft Shell), Hamachi Kama Yaki, Endamame, Gyoza and more.  Several salads are available such as Seaweed Salad, Ika Salad and more.  Their Miso Soup is excellent and their fabulous pickled ginger is the perfect refreshing pallet cleanser.  And don’t forget to finish your culinary adventure with an exotic dessert such as Cheese Cake Tempura or Mochi or any of their interesting sweet tooth spins!

Sushi AI
2009 Zumbehl Rd
St Charles, MO 63303

(636) 949-8888 (Call for reservations)
On-line ordering for take out & local St. Charles delivery is also available.

Monday – Thursday: (10:30 AM – 10:00 PM)
Friday – Saturday: (10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Sunday: (11:30 AM – 10:00 PM)

All You Can Eat Lunch Special $12.99 (10:30 AM – 3:00 PM)
All you Can Eat Dinner Special: $19.99
Tuesday Special: Buy One All-You-Can-Eat at Regular price & Get Second for 50% off!

There are additional Sushi AI locations in Clayton, Downtown St. Louis, Chesterfield Valley and O’Fallon


oceano bistro


CLAYTON, MO: océano bistro introduces new lunch and dinner fitness menu items to promote good health.  The new menu items are:

  • Chicken and Vegetable Salad – Spinach, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Onion, Carrot, Almond and Strawberry Vinaigrette.
  • Grilled Atlantic Salmon – Tomato, Onion, Strawberry, Peppers, Basil with Strawberry-Red Pepper reduction.
  • Spicy Shrimp Goulash – Blackened Shrimp, Zucchini, Carrot, Yellow Squash in a Rosemary Lobster jus.

océano bistro promotes themselves as St. Louis’ premiere fresh fish bistro.  They are in partnership with fisherman, farmers and food artisans that have searched the worlds’ seas to bring to St. Louis what they would enjoy had they lived on the coasts.  They pair it with fresh local product and flavor combinations attempting to dazzle every discerning taste and at prices that are reasonable.

They are located in the beautiful Clayton, MO.  While it is pretty much all government, local and state it is a classy, but traditional environment.

Contact information:

océano bistro

44 North Brentwood Drive

Clayton, MO 63105

Phone: 314.721.9400