The Next Generation: Joe's Stone CrabBy Kathleen Squires | January 22, 2014 By Kathleen Squires | January 22, 2014
The makings of a perfect Miami meal: a pile of fresh, chilled and cracked stone crab claws with sharp, creamy mustard sauce for dipping, and a tart wedge of key lime pie. For a century, this has been the signature of Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. Founded in 1913 by Hungarian immigrant Joe Weiss, today the iconic restaurant is run by Joe’s great-grandson, Stephen Sawitz and Sawitz’s mother, (Joe’s granddaughter) Jo Ann Bass. Today, the brand is no longer exclusive to Miami - there are branches of Joe’s in Chicago and Las Vegas (through a partnership with Lettuce Entertain You), and on January 29, a third offshoot will open in Washington, DC. Sawitz shared the legendary restaurant’s history with us, including its unlikely start due to his great-grandfather’s asthma condition.