Joes Crab Shack is an American chain of beach-themed seafood casual dining restaurants owned by Ignite Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: IRG). Founded in Houston, Texas, the restaurant now operates locations all across the United States of America. It serves seafood and American cuisine. The restaurants also have a gift shop that sells T-shirts featuring phrases advertising Joes seafood choices. It is based in Houston. Joes Crab Shack opened its first location in Houston, Texas in 1991. Landrys Restaurants, Inc. purchased the original Joes in Houston in early 1994 to convert it into a Landrys Restaurant. By 1995 the chain had grown to three locations in Houston and one in Dallas. Today the brand includes a national chain featuring a festive but laid-back atmosphere. Many of the locations are on waterfront property with large patio seating areas, built to resemble an old beachfront property. Many include family friendly features such as a playground and an arcade in a few locations.