Joe’s Crab Shack in Independence has closed, an apparent victim of the company’s bankruptcy filing earlier this summer.

Reports around the country indicate that other Joe’s Crab Shack restaurants have closed without warning employees. The only other metro area location, in Overland Park, also is closed. The company’s website indicates it has closed 18 of its 112 locations nationwide.

The Ignite Restaurant Group, the parent company of Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap, filed for bankruptcy court protection in early June with plans to sell to a private investment firm, Kelly Companies. Ignite said at the time it would keep its restaurants open.

However, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that Ignite, based in Houston, was instead bought in a bankruptcy auction by another restaurant company, Landry’s, which used to own Joe’s Crab Shack. Ignite bought the chain from Landry’s 11 years and resisted Landry’s efforts to get back in the picture. The issue is still in court.

Landry’s said in a statement that it’s “open to the challenge of restoring Joe’s Crab Shack.”