Joe's Crab Shack

At Joe's Crab Shack we deliver craveable seafood from the coast to your table. Born in the heart of Texas, we've been serving fun-loving people, great food, drink and memories since 1991. Only at Joe's Crab Shack can you strap on a bib, order your favorite bucket of crab, and boogie with the best of them.

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Brick House Tavern + Tap

Brick House Tavern + Tap features a chef inspired menu of elevated American fare prepared in our scratch kitchen and served by a staff who share our same passion for food and drinks. The innovative menu, in combination with hand-crafted cocktails and a wide variety of local, craft and import beer, makes Brick House a next generation tavern that provides our guests with a truly differentiated "gastro pub" experience. A 360 degree view of sports is always on and gives Brick House a relaxed, sportscentric atmosphere. Every man, every day.

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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Robert Merritt

Chief Executive Officer

Robert Merritt’s career in the restaurant industry has spanned over three decades. He was an original member of the senior management team of Outback Steakhouse Inc., where he oversaw the initial public offering and helped to expand the company’s initial operations of five restaurants in Florida in 1990 to over 1250 restaurants in 22 countries by his retirement in 2005. As part of Outback’s growth, Mr. Merritt was responsible for structuring and negotiating the formation of joint ventures with Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill, as well as the acquisitions of Roy’s and Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Bar. Mr. Merritt served on the Outback Steakhouse, Inc. board of directors from 1991 to 2005, and served on the boards of each of Outback’s operating subsidiaries and joint ventures.


Brad Leist

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Leist has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2015. He joined Ignite in 2012 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining Ignite, Mr. Leist served in a variety of positions, most recently as Vice President – Corporate Controller at Builders FirstSource, Inc. from 2004 to 2012. He also worked for seven years in public accounting for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Leist holds a Masters in Accounting and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Ellen Clarry

Chief Supply Officer

Ellen Clarry has more than thirty years of product development and management, quality assurance, planning, pricing, and procurement experience in the restaurant and food processing industries. Prior to joining Ignite in 2006, Ellen held leadership roles with Tyson Foods, Ventura Foods, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, S&A Restaurant Corp. and Ingredient Technology Corporation. Ellen serves on the board of directors and executive committee of National Fisheries Institute, a trade Association committed to helping its members succeed in the global seafood marketplace.

Ellen holds a bachelor of arts degree. from Excelsior College, in Albany, New York.

Steve Metzger

Vice President and General Counsel

Mr. Metzger has served as our Vice President and General Counsel since July 2016. Prior to joining Ignite, Mr. Metzger served in a variety of positions, most recently as Managing Counsel, at Service Corporation International from 2009 to 2016. He also spent five years with a Houston law firm representing a variety of public and private companies in litigation. Mr. Metzger holds a JD and Bachelors in Government from The University of Texas.

Restaurant Support Positions at Ignite

Ignite Restaurant Group is headquartered out of Houston, TX. We hire innovative employees who enjoy the challenge of supporting a growing organization and want to use their skills to contribute to Ignite’s success. We need dedicated professionals to manage our Restaurant Support Center Operations which include Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, IT, Marketing, Purchasing, Development, Recruiting and Training. To learn more about the exciting opportunities available, click the link below.

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Investor Relations

Headquartered in Houston, TX, Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates two restaurant brands: Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap. Each brand offers a variety of high-quality, chef-inspired food and beverages in distinctive, casual, high-energy atmosphere. The Ignite brands provide guests with memorable, matchless dining experiences.

Contact Us

  • Corporate Office
  • 10555 Richmond Ave
  • Houston, Texas 77042
  • Restaurant Support Center
  • (713) 366-7500

  • Code of Conduct Hotline
  • (866) 882-0366