Joe’s Stone Crab Opens for the Season in Miami Seashore

October is upon us, and meaning Miamians are celebrating the (barely) cooler climate whereas sipping pumpkin spice lattes, amber beers, and making ready for Halloween. There’s additionally one different October ritual solely Floridians have fun: the official reopening of Joe’s Stone Crab.

Joe’s opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 14 for its one hundred and tenth season — someday earlier than stone crab season formally begins for the 12 months.

Though many eating places supply these candy claws harvested off Florida waters, Joe’s stays probably the most well-known restaurant that serves them. The restaurant first opened in 1913 as a lunch counter. Founder Joe Weiss made a residing promoting fish sandwiches to locals headed to the seashore. The small seafood shack truly opened two years earlier than the then-quaint city of Miami Seashore was integrated in 1915.

From these modest beginnings, Joe’s Stone Crab has grown to grow to be an integral a part of the tradition and historical past of Miami Seashore. The restaurant — nonetheless owned and operated by the identical household — has additionally grown to grow to be one of many highest-grossing independently-owned eating places within the nation.

Stephen Sawitz, COO of Joe’s and the great-grandson of Joe Weiss, can also be an knowledgeable on stone crabs. He tells New Instances that though Hurricane Ian churned by waters the place stone crabs stay there should not be an influence on this 12 months’s harvest. “There is not any identified correlation between hurricanes and the manufacturing of stone crabs. Nonetheless, we do know plenty of lobster traps have been misplaced in the course of the current storm, and plenty of fishermen do each lobster and stone crab fishing.” Sawitz provides his concern for the folks on Florida’s southwest coast. “For us, the larger subject is a priority for these on the west coast whose livelihoods rely upon fishing this time of 12 months. We’re doing what we will to help that trade.”

Though diners at Joe’s stay loyal to their orders of stone crabs with chilled mustard sauce and fried hen, Sawitz reminds diners that the restaurant affords a full menu of recent seafood, together with a brand new mussels dish. “We create new dishes when now we have a eureka second. An awesome imaginative and prescient of an merchandise we predict our prospects merely will not give you the option to withstand. New dishes are a year-round search,” he says.

The restaurant, which has served many a star and dignitary, can also be identified for its lengthy waits. Sawitz, nevertheless, has a number of suggestions for diners wanting to feast on stone crabs.

Sawitz says to reap the benefits of the truth that Joe’s now takes desk reservations by way of the Resy app. He additionally acknowledges that some regulars love to do it the old school means. “Should you do not wish to use the Resy app, that is okay. It does not imply you may’t get a desk. We work exhausting to honor all our prospects and most of the people nonetheless simply stroll in.”

The Joe’s COO additionally suggests being open to dine at off-peak hours if you wish to get seated rapidly. “Schedule your meal between 5 and 6:30 p.m.,” he says, including, “lunch can also be a good time to stroll proper in.”

You’ll be able to at all times name the restaurant and see what the wait is.”Typically at peak instances, there will be tables, relying on different issues taking place locally,” says Sawitz.

Lastly, Sawitz invitations everybody to come back and expertise Joe’s. “Now we have ample area on the bar and a stunning out of doors space the place friends can take pleasure in drinks and appetizers.”

Joe’s Stone Crab. 11 Washington Ave., Miami Seashore; 305-673-4611; Sunday by Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Open for lunch Wednesday by Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.