"We have the most interesting clientele...the starving artists, the
patrons of the arts, the real estate people, the suits from Brickell,
they're sick of the Mary Brickell Village, it's not cool.
We have the old Puerto Ricans from the neighborhood and the Koreans who
still own a lot of the buildings, and they all want to see each other.
"We do urban restoration, we don't come into the neighborhood and say
Joey's is here get outta the way, we hire from the neighborhood, our
they want to do it. Now we can feed and water the neighborhood. We want
to create an oasis of culture, food and wine. There's a passion here.
Our chef Ivo is here 16 hours a day, and when he's not here, he's
dreaming up his next menu."
"My husband Joey, when he was 5 or
6 years old, his father opened the first nightclub in a part of New
York called SOHO, it was The Green Street Cafe, do you think he was
going to school, no he was there at the club watching it all happen
from the third story, the artists ate for free, they traded their work
for food, and now it's the second generation of that, we're here in
Miami and we have a son, Jake, and we're doing it all over."
"We have free valet, security, the police are providing so much security, the Mayor cut our ribbon for us, we invite you."
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