Scuttlebutt: Huge New Restaurant Coming to 15th and H St, NW Will be a Joe’s Crab Shack? UPDATE: A Joe’s Stone Crab!

by Prince Of Petworth April 3, 2013 at 10:30 am 47 Comments

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15th and H St, NW via google street view

Yesterday the Washington Business Journal broke the news of plans for a huge restaurant coming to 15th and H Street, NW:

“The restaurant is expected to occupy a huge chunk of space, 18,000 square feet, with a total occupancy upward of 800.”

A very good source hears that it’s looking like it will be a Joe’s Crab Shack.

UPDATE: What a difference a word makes – as many commenters already predicted – it’s not a Joe’s Crab Shack but rather a Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab – according to the Washington Business Journal:

“The District’s version of Joe’s, a popular seafood and steak restaurant with locations in the Windy City and Las Vegas, will seat more than 500, with total occupancy of nearly 800, catering to the office and tourist set alike.”

  • That Man A

    Lack luster

  • Anonymous

    Yes, a great place for seafood.

  • Anonymous

    Tourists will love it.

    • Anonymous

      Locals too!

  • I love Joe’s Crab Shack. And I would love to not have to drive to the middle of nowhere to go to one.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t there one in Bethesda not far from the metro?

      • There was, years ago, but it’s a Benihana or something now. The closest two are Greenbelt and Gaithersburg.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t forget the one in Fairfax!

          • ajax

            ????????????????????? you guys might as well be tourists!!!!
            There are many a places far superior to “joes crab shack”

            Bethesda Crab House
            Steamers bethesda
            Dancing crab
            or just go to the warf and have a crab picnic like every other proper washingtonian…. C’MON MAN

  • MtP

    Didn’t the WBJ say it would be “five-stars?!” Joe’s Crab Shack is about 1.5 stars. This would be tragic

  • Pcat

    I’ve been to the one in Vegas. They specialize in deep fried crab. It was way too greasy and certainly nothing that I would ever order again. Although it’s nice that something will go into this building, this is a poor choice. i assume that the owners think that tourists will go there.

  • dupontred

    Yes, tourists need a place to go since Planet Hollywood and ESPN Zone closed in downtown DC.

  • Maybe they got is wrong, and it is actually Joe’s Stone Crab? That would be a welcome addition…

    • anon

      Joe’s Stone Crab would be a welcome addition, but I’m not sure they could support an 800+ seat expense account place in an already crowded expense account steak house town. But it would be a complete 180 from a Joe’s Crab Shack!

    • ctk

      Given that the WBJ article mentioned a “five star” restaurant, I think this is probably right, and that somewhere along the game of Telephone it got switched to “Joe’s Crab Shack” by the time PoP’s source heard it.

  • ugh, really? :(

  • Brandon

    No! I worked at one of the first in Florida as a teenager. It’s a novelty seafood restaurant that caters mostly to tourists. Hard Rock Cafe with crabs

    • “Hard Rock Cafe” and “with crabs”
      I can’t.

  • Something weird about putting a Joe’s Crab “Shack” in a big fancy building with all those columns… Joes’s Crab Roman Palace, maybe.

  • cahbf

    It’slike Red Lobster only much bigger and different decor

  • _

    A little taste of Gaithersburg, right here in DC! *barf*

  • Anonymous

    Don’t expect Maryland blue crabs here. I’ve never been to Joe’s, but from what I understand, they serve crab legs and other seafood. I’ve never heard anything good about this chain.

  • DC

    As commenters above said, this must be Joe’s Stone Crab rather than a Crab Shack. JSC is a great restaurant and they have a huge place in Chicago, so I see no reason they couldn’t have a large restaurant here.

    • Joe’s Stone Crab! Fancy restaurant out of Florida most famous for its employment discrimination lawsuit.

      • The difference between Joe’s Stone Crab and Joe’s Crap Shack is the difference between fresh-caught fish and a three-foot pile of human feces, iodine, and ammonia.

  • Anonymous

    A high volume restaurant that seats 500 with “five stars”? Highly dubious.

  • Matt

    the second i saw the title I knew I had to revel in the comments.

    • BeverlyS


  • Anonymous

    I once asked a coworker from Annapolis where I should go to get the real deal, good Maryland crab. I was totally anticipating his response when he said, “I’ll go ask my Mom.”

    Something of a downer when he said, “Joes’s Crab Shack.”

  • Maybe it’s a new concept from Guy Fieri. His 500+ seat tourist trap in Times Square got such fantastic press.

  • Jgaither

    It is Joes Stone Crab, out of Miami Beach and Chicago.

  • Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod *Homer Simpson dance*

    • (I only say this because of metro-accessible, downtown-located crab legs. Everything else looks so-so.)

      • keck

        You know every Clyde’s has fantastic happy hour crab leg deals…right?

        • I did not and you are my new hero, anonymous internet stranger. Thank you!!

        • anon

          Clyde’s does not serve stone crab. There is a world of difference.

          Curious, because I’ve never eaten at Joe’s Stone Crab (but have eaten through pretty much every stone crab joint in the Keys): what do they do for half of the year when their signature seafood product isn’t in season?

  • Anonymous

    I always thought it was a seafood restaurant for those who don’t like seafood

    • anon

      The first Joe’s Crab Shack I ever saw in person was in the seafood mecca of Colorado Springs. That is all I ever needed to know about it.

  • Chris

    Looks like it would be this: http://www.joes.net/

    • nwite

      I paid attention to you! That appears to be different than Joes Stone Crab in Miami. But that would make way more sense than a cheesy ass Joes Crab Shack. That’s much more in line with the neighborhood, price point (probably as expensive as Oceanaire).

  • Anonymous

    Joe’s crab shack would be a lovely idea if it weren’t so dang close to Annapolis. Natives pride themselves on crabs in these parts…. I’d tread lightly.

    • Anonymous

      Most “Maryland crab cakes,” including those in Annapolis, are “Maryland-style crab cakes with crab from Asia”. There just aren’t enough crabs in the Bay to meet demand (especially year-round demand).

  • CJ

    Joe’s Crab Shack is low brow Seafood that is mostly found in Strip Malls, has walls covered with kitch and makes it staff perform group song and dance routines. Also, the food sucks. I doubt it would open up in a huge downtown location like this.

    Like a few others have said, I bet this is actually “Joe’s Stone Crab”. Which started in Miami and has a few other locations nation wide.

    Dark wood, high prices, pretty good food.

    Stone crab makes more sense.

  • I sincerely hope this is not going to be a Joe’s Crab Shack. It’s like the TGIFriday’s or Chili’s of seafood.

  • sherri

    Joe’s Stone Crab is fabulous and one of my favorites. they don’t take reservations and it’s the only place i’ll stand in line and wait to get Stone crab claws, grilled tomatoes and key lime pie. I’ve died and gone to heaven if they are opening here–although it will be tough on my checkbook!


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