Ignite works to turn around Joe’s Crab Shack sales

Ignite works to turn around Joe’s Crab Shack sales

CEO Ray Blanchette says concept must build repeat visits

Ignite Restaurant Group Inc. is focusing on turning around struggling sales trends at its Joe’s Crab Shack brand, following the sale of the Romano’s Macaroni Grill and a management shakeup, executives said Monday.

The Houston-based casual-dining company reported a same-store sales decrease of 3.8 percent at its 138-unit Joe’s chain during the first quarter ended March 30. Same-store sales rose 5.4 percent at its 23-unit B

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