Coming Soon: “Joey’s By The Shore — Featuring Elvira Mae’s Coffee Bar”

After a week of relentlessly grim news, this will bring a smile to your face:

Joey’s by the Shore is partnering with Elvira Mae’s. The joint venture brings the burgers, fries, lobster rolls (and much more) that Joey Romeo served for over 30 years as Compo Beach concessionaire, to the Hillspoint Road spot known for great coffee, bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches, soft-serve ice cream (and much more).

“Joey’s by the Shore, Featuring Elvira Mae’s Coffee Bar” opens April 3 (COVID-19 guidance permitting).

Joey Romeo and Betsy Kravitz, in their Hillspoint Road spot. The table is from Joey’s by the Shore at Compo Beach.

Joey and Betsy Kravitz — who took over Elvira’s, across from Old Mill Beach, last year — are mindful of the coronavirus.

“We’re monitoring the situation,” Joey says. “Health and safety are our number one concerns. We won’t put anyone at risk.”

Betsy points to the ice cream window as a way to minimize social interactions. She and Joey will also make sure the store does not get crowded.

And because there’s no cash exchanged — all payment is by credit card, Apple or Samsung Pay, or house accounts — that’s one less point of contact to worry about.

The idea for the 50/50 partnership began in November, almost as soon as Joey’s 31-year partnership with the town ended. (He also ran the Longshore pool, skating rink and halfway house concessions.)

“It opened our mind to possibilities,” Betsy says. They did not know each other well — each was busy running their own operations last summer — but when they met, they had “great chemistry.”

The menu will include nearly all of Joey’s favorites — and those Betsy’s customers loved too. In addition, there are to-go items for impromptu sunset-watching, like cheese, crackers and olives.

Joey’s Featuring Elvira Mae’s will be open 7 days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to sunset, all year long.

The staff will include familiar faces from Joey’s and Elvira Mae’s. Both were known for friendly, hard-working high school and college students.

The new Joey’s by the Shore will stock non-food items familiar from the beach, like towels, sunscreen and hoodies. They’ll sell flowers too.

As well as grocery staples: eggs, milk, butter, paper towels. And — key, in these COVID-19 days — toilet paper.

Joey’s old sign hangs in his new digs.

For the past 2 days Hillspoint Road has been crowded with walkers, joggers and bicyclists. We’re  all eager to get outside, clear our heads and forget about the coronavirus for a while.

Soon we’ll have a friendly, welcoming — and safe — spot to stop, along the way.

(For more information, including house accounts, click here.)

18 responses to “Coming Soon: “Joey’s By The Shore — Featuring Elvira Mae’s Coffee Bar”

  1. Bill Boyd SHS '66

    This is good news! And a REMINDER.cash is one of the dirtiest things with which one can come into contact! Use your cards…and enjoy Elviras.

    • You should see how dirty credit cards get. Passed from card holder to cashier, placed on tables, in check presenter/folder/holder, etc. Sanitize your cards like you’d sanitize your phone!

  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful news with the community.

  3. Wendy Cusick

    Welcome Aboard! ⛵⚓
    And Welcome Back Joey 🎈🎉🎈
    Great news for everyone.

    That certainly explains all the sudden activity at Elvira Mae’s

  4. Bob Stalling

    Never thought I’d see the day when eliminating parking and making sure your store isnt crowded is the enouraged business model.
    I have no doubt all the rents in Westport have come down to help keep businesses alive…

  5. Very glad Joey’s is coming back. Just wish it was at the beach as it’s too far for pick up via boat 😦

  6. India van Voorhees

    This is absolutely delightful news. I couldn’t be happier. YAY!!

  7. Dan, do you know any eatery will be coming at the now closed Joey’s at the beach?

  8. Elida Gollomp

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful news!

  9. Michael Calise

    Congratulations! Here’s wishing both of you the best of luck and great success!!

  10. Joey, we’re very happy to hear this news. Whenever geezers with underlying health conditions get clearance to fly again and the OK to resume normal daily activities, we will definitely stop by when we are able to get back home.

  11. Doris Levinson

    Good news at a grim time! Perfect timing. Can’t wait to go.

  12. Fantastic news!!!

    Wishing you both great success in this new venture. We Westporters are very lucky to have your communication spirit and zeal.

    Looking forward to visiting very soon…Covid-19 permitting, of course. 🙏

  13. Theresa Roth

    Yes, I believe you’re right! Still it is nice that he’s back in business! 😊

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  14. Catherine Calise

    YAY!!!! SO happy to hear this Joey! Brilliant idea & Partnership! Congratulations to you both! 😃

  15. Arline Gertzoff

    Happy to have a local establishment to frequent