MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – South Florida is about to get cracking as stone crab season officially opens on Monday, October 15th. But if you can’t wait, one of Miami Beach’s most famous eateries will be serving up the delicious and highly sought after crabs starting Thursday night amid a celebration of 100 years in business.

Joe’s Stone Crab opened in 1913, two years before Miami Beach was incorporated. Several events are planned to recognize the 100th anniversary, beginning in January.

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In addition, the iconic restaurant is asking fans to share their fondest memories on their virtual scrapbook at

The restaurant doesn’t take reservations. Guests can begin arriving at 4 p.m. Thursday for the first seating at 5 p.m.

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Stone crab season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15.

The nice thing about eating stone crab claws, other than they are delicious, is that stone crab claws are the only renewable resource from the water. Crabbers take only one claw from each crab, which is then regenerated over time.

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CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo tried it all out: