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In 1913, Joe Weiss opened up a small lunch counter on Miami Beach. This was before Miami Beach was even a city. Folks stopped in to chat and for a top-notch fish sandwich and fries. This, of course, was only the beginning, and what happened next is a story worth telling.
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. Joe and his wife, Jennie, both Hungarian-born, were living in New York, where their son Jesse was born in 1907. Joe was a waiter, and Jennie cooked in small restaurants. Some seventy years later, Jesse recalled the move: "My dad borrowed fifty dollars on his life insurance policy, left my mother and me in New York, and came to Florida...He stayed in Miami one night, and he couldn't breathe.
So he took the ferry boat that used to go to Miami Beach. Oddly enough, he could breathe there." So, he stayed and started running a lunch stand at Smith's bathing casino. That was the beginning of the restaurant that was the seed for Joe’s. According to JoAnn, Joe’s granddaughter, "You'd come over and rent lockers to change your clothes to use the ocean or use the pool.
The women used to have the long bathing suits with the stockings...that was 1913. He sent for my mother and myself-she had this brat on her hands. We came down by train; I was six years old when we arrived. Collins Avenue was not really a street-it was sort of a trail with ruts in it. In 1918, Joe and Jennie bought a bungalow near the 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."
Joe’s does not accept reservations. Our customers are seated on a first come, first serve basis. We do offer accommodations to large groups, up to 450, on a contract basis with pre-set menus.
We require at least 48 hours advance notice. While it is not mandatory to book large groups through Private Dining, it makes the dining experience for large groups as enjoyable as for a party of 2, while enabling our staff to provide the excellent service that is a part of Joe’s. In the restaurant, we offer 2 private rooms and a non private option.
We also offer a smaller private room in the Take Away, which is located next to the restaurant. This room can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests. For groups of 150 or more and Pharmaceutical/Medical Industry groups, please contact Private Dining for information and availability. All events, both private and non private, are scheduled for 2¼ hours. For the restaurant a charge of $500.00 plus 20% will be added to the bill for each additional thirty (30) minutes or any part thereof. Click here for more information on the Private Dining!