Joe’s Stone Crab is crawling up to Washington

A rendering shows the entrance to Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, set to open Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C.
A rendering shows the entrance to Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, set to open Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C.

Several U.S. presidents have dunked crab meat in mustard sauce at the century-old Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. Now, they won’t have to come to South Florida to do it.

Joe’s is opening an outpost in Washington, D.C., about a block from the White House. The 350-seat restaurant, housed in a former Union Trust bank building at 750 15th St. NW, is set to open Jan. 24.

Unlike the Miami Beach original that celebrated its 100th anniversary last month and remains family-run, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab will be operated by Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

The restaurant group also runs Joe’s franchises in Chicago and Las Vegas. Those locations, as well as the one coming to Washington, are open year-round with extended steak and seafood offerings when stone crabs aren’t in season. Joe’s in Miami Beach closes for a spell each summer, coming to life again when the crabbing season begins in mid-October.

The Washington space “will have a whole lot of D.C. feel,” Lettuce Entertain You partner Mike Rotolo said to Washingtonian magazine. “We’re like Joe’s 2.0.”

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