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Joe’s Stone Crab Season Opening

Locals and visitors, rejoice. Opening day is right around the corner! Beginning 5PM on October 15th Joe’s Stone Crab officially opens for the season. Their first lunch in the restaurant will be Friday, October 17th at 11:30AM and Take Away will start breakfast on Thursday, October 16th at 7:30AM.

In celebration of over 100 years in business, we thought we’d share some fact and interesting facts about the famous seafood restaurant on South Beach. That also happens to be a short walk from our front door.

Joseph Weiss-the “Joe” of Joe’s Stone Crab-came to Miami in 1913, when his doctors told him that the only help for his asthma would be a change of climate.

In 1918, Joe and Jennie bought a bungalow near a casino, on Biscayne Street. They moved into the back, set up seven or eight tables on the front porch, cooked in the kitchen, and called it Joe’s Restaurant. Jennie (Joe’s wife) waited on tables, Joe cooked, and everything started to grow from there. When it got crowded, they’d spill over into the dinning room.

They used to be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in those days because they were the only restaurant on the beach. For about eight years there was no competition.

It wasn’t until 1921 that Jesse (Joe’s son) learned that stone crabs could be eaten. He threw the stone crabs in boiling water and that was the beginning of it. They started serving them cracked with hash brown potatoes, cole slaw, and mayonnaise – an instant success.

They charged seventy-five cents for four or five crabs, twenty-five cents for potatoes and twenty-five cents an order for cole slaw (back then). And this is the way they’ve been serving them since.

14 Oct
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