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.

For more details:
www.joescrabshack.com

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.

For more details:
www.brickhousetavernandtap.com

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Ray Blanchette

President & Chief Executive Officer

Ray Blanchette is a respected food industry veteran with more than two decades of restaurant experience. Prior to joining Ignite Restaurant Group in 2007, Ray served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Pick Up Stix, a leader in the quick-casual dining segment. He also held multiple leadership positions with Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. During his 18-year tenure with Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, Ray not only was recognized for his financial and operations accomplishments, but also for his success in developing high-performance teams.

Ray consistently gives back to the restaurant industry through his volunteer support of many organizations that benefit from his leadership and insights. He has served as board member and previous chairman of Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, member of the CEO Leadership Roundtable where Ray is focused on solving industry issues, member and recruiter for the NRA's Restaurant Advocacy Fund. He also serves on the executive board of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

Ray earned a master's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

 

David Catalano

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Catalano has served as our Chief Operating Officer since April 2015. He joined Ignite in April 2013 to lead the Macaroni Grill brand and became President of Brick House in March 2014. Prior to joining Ignite, Mr. Catalano held senior operating roles at TGI Fridays, Hard Rock Café and Apple Gold (one of the largest Applebee’s franchise groups). In his new role, Mr. Catalano will be responsible for all aspects of operations for Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap.

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

Senior Vice President of Quality Assurance and Global Supply Chain

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.

Edward McGraw

Chief Development Officer

Ed McGraw has over 20 years of business experience with a focus on restaurant real estate and legal matters.  Ed has extensive tenant-side retail and restaurant deal making experience throughout the country where he has developed hundreds of restaurants and retail stores..  Prior to joining Ignite in 2009, Ed held senior level development positions with Carlson Restaurants Worldwide (T.G. I. Friday's, Pick Up Stix), Wagamama and David's Bridal.  Ed is also an attorney with civil litigation experience in Philadelphia. He is also serving as an HB Meek Executive in Residence at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Ed holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE, a master's of business administration and a bachelor's degree from State University of New York in Buffalo New York.

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.

Ignite Development

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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
  • 9900 Westpark Drive Suite 300
  • Houston, Texas 77063
  • Restaurant Support Center
  • (713) 366-7500

  • Restaurant Support Center
  • (855) 664-0991

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  • (866) 882-0366