Ignite Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: IRG) has announced McCann Erickson New York as advertising agency of record for its restaurant brand Joe’s Crab Shack, with media planning and buying to be handled by sister agency UM (Universal McCann). Leadership at Ignite sees the move as the next step in the continued development of its growing brand. The new partnership builds upon the success of previous campaigns that have positioned Joe’s as a leader in offering the highest-quality seafood in a fun atmosphere for the whole family. “We believe the new partnership with McCann and UM will allow us to build upon our brand recognition by highlighting our unique menu items at Joe’s Crab Shack,” said Ignite Chief Marketing Officer Robin Ahearn. “We want to use this next phase of advertising and marketing to drive frequency with our current guests and introduce Joe’s Crab Shack to new guests across the country.” McCann and UM’s scope of work will include account management, strategy, creative, production, and media planning and buying. “With a team that is committed to providing an excellent customer experience and the brand’s growth, Joe’s is a great partner for our agency,” said McCann North America President Hank Summy. “We are eager to build upon Joe’s strong brand awareness with innovative creative and tactics that highlight the breadth of the Joe’s experience.” Ignite will begin working with McCann immediately and anticipates that the global agency will influence elements beginning with its 2013 spring campaign. Ignite’s agency review process was conducted by Pile and Company. About Ignite Restaurant Group Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRG) 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 a distinctive, casual, high-energy atmosphere. Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap operate in a diverse set of markets across the United States. Joe's Crab Shack operates 130 restaurants in 31 states and Brick House Tavern + Tap operates 15 restaurants in 9 states.