After the quiet shutter of their East Village restaurant Joe and Misses Doe, Joe and Jill Dobias have opted for the laid-back life out on Fire Island to run Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Le Dock. In a note on their website, the Dobiases wrote that Joe will run the kitchen while Jill manages operations.
Vongerichten took over the kitchen direction at the island restaurant last summer, which is owned by his longtime business partner Phil Suarez. Josh Eden, a Jean-Georges alum last at August, was running the kitchen last summer, and this year Vongerichten and Suarez have recruited the Dobiases to execute. “Jean-Georges and I are very excited about this dynamic young couple joining us at Le Dock on Fire Island,” Suarez wrote on JoeandMissesDoe.com
The Dobiases opened Joe and Misses Doe in September 2013 after a changeover from its former life as JoeDoe. For the last four years it’s been serving a Jewish-inspired menu of seasonal dishes. Before then, Joe Dobias had a contentious history with New York City food media, engaging in a few Twitter spats over the years and going so far as to “ban” Eater from his restaurants in 2009.
As they’re readying for the upcoming summer season, the Dobiases have been actively chronicling their time at Le Dock, seemingly happily so.