Tuesday 11-14-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:30 PM I have more medium and more large stone crabs coming from the Keys for TODAY. I also just got off the phone and expect more of those for tomorrow as well as JUMBO stone crabs tomorrow. ______________________ ___________________ Monday 11-13-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:10 AM Stone crab season gets to a point where getting what you have ordered becomes a sketchy proposition. It looks like we may be getting to that point. Of the mediums, large and jumbos ordered up from the Keys for today, we will not be getting the jumbos. Since we sold out last night of everything, this means large and mediums only for Monday. And it gets worse. In addition, all phone calls outbound are returning nothing for Tuesday. How well today's shipment hold out for two days is questionable, but since it appears we can find no stone crabs until Wednesday, then Monday, rather than Tuesday is the day to come. _______________________ __________________ Saturday 11-11-06 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:45 PM Well, for Sunday, November 12th, come earlier, rather than later for stone crabs. Based on what I could bring in for Sunday, we will run out before the night is through. The very nature of Sunday, and the Holiday Weekend made finding stone crabs problematic at best. _______________________ ___________________ Monday 11-6-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 10:40 AM We had our country hoedown last night and sold out of stone crabs. I was able to line up large and jumbos for today, Monday, but mediums are still hard to find. It was so windy over the weekend, I'm surprised I was able to secure any at all. The weather today is much calmer, so I'm looking to have mediums for Tuesday... as well as large and jumbo. By the way, everyone that had booked tables for last night's show have already rebooked for the December show, so it looks like (unless we get some cancellations) December is already booked closed. Of course, we keep one third of the room unreserved for walk-in first come, first served, but as far as reservations, I'm sorry to say we are unable to take any more at this time. ______________________ __________________ Friday 11-3-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 10:30 AM Looks like we will be good across the board through the weekend. Mediums could run short late Saturday or sometime Sunday because the total catch has been so plentiful. The speculation is the crabbers choose to burn fuel in their boats loaded with the larger claws, which bring more money, than with medium claws. If this is true, the long term prospects for the stone crab population are excellent. It's possible there may be a short period of supply shortages because the weather has been rainy and a little windy. Crabbers that have been profitable so far are less inclined to take boats out in nasty weather if there's no financial pressure to do so. We will see what tomorrows deliveries bring. _____________________ _________________ Monday 10-30-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:30 AM Sold out of all stone crabs last night, but we have more coming today. We should be able to do all you can eat on the mediums, however, on the large and jumbo the amount of stone crabs we expect will limit us to one and two pound dinners for Monday. I'm working on Tuesday orders right now, and later tonight will let you know what to expect for Tuesday. ____________________ _______________ Sunday 10-29-06 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:20 AM We had stone crab crazy last night. Sold out of mediums, but we have large and jumbos for tonight. ___________________ ________________ Friday 10-27-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 9:30 AM So far this season stone crabs are going gangbusters. We've already gone through more than a thousand pounds this week and there's more arriving today. I'm heading in right now (since I'm off on Thursday nights) to make an evaluation on how many to bring in tomorrow, Saturday. This estimate is a tough one since nobody delivers on Sunday and if my estimate is wrong, we could see some shortfals on some sizes late Sunday. What this means is, if you're coming for fresh Florida stone crabs claws on Sunday, it's best to plan for earlier, rather than later in the night. I'll claify the situation Sunday morning right here as the situation develops. ____________________ _________________ Tuesday 10-24-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:20 PM We should be good across the board on stone crabs today, and there's another shipment scheduled for tomorrow. ____________________ _________________ Monday 10-23-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:10 PM We will be good on large stone crab claws today. We have plenty coming in. It's the mediums and the jumbos that didn't all come in. We're shorter than I would like to be on mediums and jumbos, so we are offering them as one and two pound dinners only for tonight, Monday. However... we're not that short. If you ask for me tonight and tell me you read today's blog entry, I'll do the all you can eat, provided we are still good at that point in time, tonight. See? It pays to read this blog! ______________________ ________________ Sunday 10-22-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:15 PM Looking at stone crab inventory this morning and I'm a little bit surprised. I thought we had ordered far too many large, but I'm down to just one 50 lb crate for today. We sold out of jumbo stone crabs last night, but I still have a comfortable supply of mediums that arrived yesterday. So, to summarize, for today we are good on medium stone crabs, and we're sort of okay on large... but if you are coming for large, come earlier rather than later. And jumbos will be in, hopefully tomorrow... just got off the phone with the stone crab man and his feeling is the boats coming in today should have good catches. _____________________ _________________ Thursday 10-19-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 9:30 PM Just finished lining up deliveries of fresh stone crabs tomorrow and Saturday. Mediums seem to be in short supply, which is interesting. The fishermen may be throwing back the smaller crabs to load up more with the more expensive large crabs. This kind of sucks, but it's also a good indicator of a record catch year. We should be good on large and jumbo claws. Should anything change, I'll update as needed. _______________________ ____________________ Wednesday 10-18-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:30 PM More stone crabs arriving today, and more lined up for tomorrow. Supply right now is good on mediums, large and jumbos. _______________________ _________________ Tuesday 10-17-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:30 PM As of this moment we are still waiting for the first stone crabs to be delivered. Price opened high (as expected) and we will see if rumors of a huge catch yesterday come true because this would mean a supply greater than demand resulting in a slide in price. Of course, right now there's no way to know that, and my concern primarily is having this first order of stone crabs delivered. I'm heading in to the restaurant, now, so I can taste for quality, the first stone crabs. Oh, the trials and tribulations of the seafood industry... but somebody has to do this job! _______________________ _________________ Monday 10-16-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 8:45 AM Stone Crab Season has begun, however... we are not going to have any today. Tomorrow I have ordered mediums, large and jumbos. But this is a blind order. All stone crab orders are done blind. I don't know the price, and I don't know what really going to come, but since this is the beginning of the season, I expect my orders to be filled completely. I'll know the prices starting with the first deliveries. We have more than one supplier for tomorrow and more ready to deliver Wednesday on. Heading in now to open... Tony called me earlier, so I'm working lunch for him today. On the other hand... hurricane season is almost over!!! ____________________ _________________ Monday 10-2-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:45PM Two weeks until stone crab season opens. Since opening day falls on a Sunday, there may be a small delay until they arrive at the restaurant. Possibly Monday, but more likely Tuesday since there's already rumors the crabbers may not pull traps until Monday. One guy told me about another restaurant a few years back that took a helicopter down to pick up a load of stone crabs and bring back for opening night. Seeing as how our helicopter at Catfish Deweys remains hidden in the nebulous future, should any good Samaritan feel like loaning a chopper to us for a stone crab run on Sunday, October 15th, we feel it would only be fair to make dinner that night complimentary. :) _____________________ __________________ Monday 9-4-2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 1:35PM Happy Labor day everyone! What a great show last night. But unfortunately, if you're thinking of reserving a dinner table for the next Hoedown on Sunday, October 1st, we're already booked. Now that's not to say some of these folks won't cancel their reservation sometime between now and then, but as we stand now, we're fully booked for the October show. We always keep one third of our seating for walk in guests for dinner, but never reserve those tables. _______________________ __________________ Sunday September 3, 2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:35 PM Heading in now for tonight's Country Hoedown. Will post more in a day or two. ______________________ ____________________ Thursday August 31, 2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 12:45PM Thankfully, Ernesto turned out to be a non-event here. Shoot, we've had more wind and rain from a summer thunderstorm brewed in an afternoon over the Everglades. But we know what a bad one can do, and nobody here in South Florida is letting down their guard.
____________________ Tuesday August 29, 2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 4:45 PM We have decided to not open tonight. ____________________ Tuesday August 29, 2006 Posted by Dewey Jr 12:45 PM Well, Ernesto's still coming, and he's not going to slide east. He probably won't be very strong, but will have a lot of rain, probably like Hurricane Irene in 1999. Either way, we will try to stay open tonight until conditions begin to deteriorate. Staff scheduled for tonight may come in, but on a voluntary basis. If we wind up staying past a safe point of departure, we'll ride the storm out here. Most vendors are not delivering Wednesday, so although we may be open tomorrow, we may not be fully stocked... a lot depends on how much is sold tonight. Good luck to everyone in the target cone, and stay safe! __________________________ ______________________ Monday August 28, 2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 5:45PM Keep sliding right over eastward, Ernesto. We will be open tomorrow!
______________________ ____________ Monday August 28, 2006 Posted by Dewey Jr. 11:30 AM Well, here we go again. Ernesto is heading this way. Late Tuesday night we should be feeling the hurricane, but if the high pressure ridge over Jacksonville weakens further, the storm track will push further east. Far enough east would be good because we would catch the west side of the system. I already had somebody send an e-mail asking if we were having a goodbye party for our new sign and new awning.