The last Long Island outpost of Joe’s Crab Shack closed this week in Westbury, days after the Houston-based chain was sold at auction as part of a bankruptcy proceeding.
Since Monday, diners visiting the Corporate Drive location of the seafood chain with a beach-wacky decor have been greeted by a simple printed sign on the door that reads: “Joe’s is closed for business. We will not be reopening.”
The lights inside the building remained on Wednesday, and a cook who was at the location helping out with last-minute closing details, including removing all the alcohol from the building, confirmed that the space closed abruptly on Monday. He declined to give his name.
Messages to Landry’s Inc, a privately held casino and restaurant group, were not returned Wednesday. It was not clear if the company owns the building and, if so, what it plans to do with it.
The Long Island location is among dozens across the country that have shuttered over the past several days as Joe’s and sister chain Brick House Tavern + Tap were sold for $57 million at a bankruptcy auction, according to federal court records. It will be up to a federal court judge to approve the deal.
The Westbury location opened in 2013 to long waits in a shopping mall where it was flanked by a Cozymel’s Mexican Grill and a Chilli’s Grill & Bar. The closing comes less than a year after Joe’s Crab locations shuttered in Oceanside, Riverhead and Deer Park. A Joe’s Crab Shack in Queens, which is the closest to Long Island, remains open.