Joe's Stone Crab Closes on Sunday for Summer

If you want one last chance to get your Joe's Stone Crab fix, make plans to head out to the iconic, century-old Miami Beach staple this weekend, because Joe's Stone Crab is closing out the summer season this Sunday, July 28.

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Joe's Stone Crab is actually older than the city it calls home. Joseph Weiss moved from Miami to Miami in 1913, after a doctor told him that a change of climate would do his asthma good. Weiss then opened a lunch stand close to the beach two years before Miami Beach was incorporated in 1915. That lunch stand evolved into the iconic and much beloved Joe's Stone Crab.

The restaurant has stayed in the family ever since, serving up seafood, fried chicken, and its famous stone crab claws to everyone from Frank Sinatra and Al Capone to Gail Simmons and Martha Stewart.

The restaurant is celebrating its 100th birthday, and will continue their centennial celebration when they reopen around October 15, the start of stone crab season.

In the meantime, Joe's will be open tonight and tomorrow, from 6 to 11 p.m., with the bar opening at 5 p.m.; Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m.. As always, Joe's takes no reservations, so grab a cocktail and prepare to wait. It's worth it.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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