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Success F l a shback
Ancient history by the standards of our thoroughly
modern metropolis, in 1913 our marvelous Magic City
was hardly a blip on the map, a humble beachside
community with little to its name besides a great
deal of promise. So when Joe Weiss, a Hungarian-
born immigrant arrived via New York City, it was the
healthful climate, not the potential for establishing
an eatery famed the world over, that was at the top
of his to-do list. Fast-forward 105 years, and one can
see what fruits a little entrepreneurial spirit can spring
from the fertile ground of our serially successful city.
Consistently ranked among the highest revenue earners
in the American restaurant scene, and a perennial
favorite for tourists the world over, although open only
October through May, Joe’s Stone Crab has retained
juggernaut status among our culture’s culinary savvy.
Snapped in 1980, take away the retro hairstyles and
oversized ties from the archival photo on the left and
one can see a contentment and conviviality familiar to
anyone who’s ever visited this charming chowhouse;
JoesStoneCrab.com. — RYA N JA R R E LL
*Archival photo courtesy of HistoryMiami