An Update From The Original Joe

Dartmouth Comes Full Circle.

24 years ago, Steve Silverstein returned to his home town of Dartmouth to help his dad with the 100-year-old family business, Silverstein’s. Steve was instantly struck by the lack of quality food in the suburbs and got to work creating the kind of restaurant where he’d want to eat — with made-from-scratch food, over-the-top hospitality, affordable prices and an atmosphere of that’s both comfy and cool.

Turns out, the people of the Dartmouth area wanted what Steve wanted, and Not Your Average Joe’s was a big hit. Soon Needham and Watertown hungered for locations of their own, and Steve obliged. As word spread, Joe’s did too, growing to 26 restaurants in six states.

Steve had a lot on his plate, employing 2,000 people and serving 4.5 million guests a year. So he set out to find the best professional leadership. Having built one of the nation’s hottest restaurant companies, he was able to attract a fantastic successor, Peter D’Amelio, the former President of Cheesecake Factory.

With Peter at the helm, Steve could return to his roots. A small business guy at heart, Steve likes to be in the kitchen and in the dining room. He’s a supreme tinkerer and experimenter. Most importantly, he likes work to be fun, often saying business is just an adult game — a game he now plays from his home field in Dartmouth. So on March 28, 2018, Steve bought Dartmouth from Not Your Average Joe’s, where he remains actively involved as a shareowner, board member and a resource to all.

The Dartmouth crew is a team of loyalists. Richie, Lori and Douglas have been amazing team members from the get-go, while over half the team has cooked for and served Dartmouth guests for more than a decade. Steve returned as General Manager, promoting long-timers Julia to Assistant General Manager, Cynthia to Restaurant Manager and Sydney to Supervisor. Garfield and Orion, both in Dartmouth for six-plus years, continued as Chefs.

From here, it’s onward and upward — building an ever-stronger team, taking food and hospitality to new levels, running Joe’s in Dartmouth like an independent, innovative, owner-operated restaurant. That means more frequent chef’s specials, more inspired beer, wine and cocktail selections and more special events.

While working on improvements inside our four walls, we’ve also been working on the four walls. Sprucing up the gardens, upgrading equipment and raising energy efficiency. Next, we’ll expand the parking. Then it’s on to new doors, windows, floors, bathrooms and furniture. All without messing up the fun and funky Dartmouth vibe we’re known for.

Thanks to you Dartmouth has had an amazing 24-year run. Now we’re building for the next 24, bringing all of our years of experience to the table, and we want you to be part of the journey. Pack your appetite and come tell us what you want to see us do. If you stop in by the end of September and say Joe sent you, we’ll take 15% off your tab (excluding alcohol, because the one thing we can’t tinker with is Massachusetts state law).

With the highest gratitude,

Team Dartmouth and the Full Circle Club