Operations Of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab

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Operations of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab

I. Overview & History
Joe’s Stone Crab was founded in Miami Beach in 1913. Joe Weiss and his wife, Jennie, moved to Florida from the north in order to relieve his asthma. At this time, stone crabs were not viewed as edible. There was a large number of them so an ichthyologist came to Weiss stating that they were safe for human consumption. Weiss experimented with cooking the crab and discovered they were a delicacy when served chilled with his special mustard sauce. By 1918, Joe and Jennie opened their permanent restaurant in Miami Beach on Washington Ave that is still open to this day.
Meanwhile, in 1970’s Chicago, Richard Melman worked with a couple different partners and investors to build a network of restaurants in the Chicagoland area called Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, or commonly LEYE . “By the mid-1980s, his network of restaurants employed about 2,000 people in the Chicago area and annual revenues stood at about $40 million” (Wilson). In 1999, Melman teamed up with the second generation of Weisses to partner to create a location in Chicago, called Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab (a slightly different name to differentiate from the original). In 2005, LEYE partnered with the Weisses to open Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab in Las Vegas and again in 2014 to open the third in Washington, D.C.
Melman chose to open the very first Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab (henceforth to be

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