March 9, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Joe’s Restaurant, Bar Pintxo’s Joe Miller Passes Away at 60

Renown chef dies following complications from September cardiac arrest

By Kerry Slater

Joe Miller, one of Los Angeles’ most prominent chefs who opened the acclaimed Joe’s Restaurant on Abbot Boulevard and Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica, died Wednesday night at the age of 60.

“It is with great sadness that we share Chef Joe Miller has passed away due to complications of a cardiac arrest in mid-September while doing what he loved, cycling. He has been an important presence in the culinary world for more than 30-years, exemplifying creativity, leadership and mentoring of hundreds of chefs and restaurant/culinary professionals. We mourn his passing and appreciate the outpouring of love and respect to him and the entire family during this very painful and challenging time,” Miller’s family said in a statement.

Miller opened Joe’s Restaurant in Venice in 1991 on Abbot Kinney Boulevard blending French cooking techniques with local farm-fresh ingredients and Californian and Asian influences, earning a Michelin star in 2007. Joe’s closed in 2016 after serving Venice and the Westside for nearly 25 years.

“I have seen this community through many changes. I’ve had a wonderful experience pouring my heart and soul into my food, my service, and my standards. I’m grateful to have met so many people and have had the pleasure of employing so many fine chefs and service staff and have seen many of them off to open their own restaurants to great acclaim, but now it is time to move on,” Miller said at the time.

From 2006-2017 Miller also operated Bar Pintxo near the Third Street Promenade area, one of the first tapas-style restaurants on the Westside.

In 2017, Miller briefly operated Rudy & Hudson diner in Santa Monica in a former IHOP space on the ground floor of a hotel on the corner of 20th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, offering a fresh take on classic diner food, but closed after seven months in late 2017.

Miller is survived by his mother Molly Miller, brother Michael Miller, brother Patrick Miller, sister-in-law Patricia, children Spencer and Harper Miller, ex-wife Monica Balsz and fiance Christine Mourad. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1958.

Related Posts

City Council Could Halt Commercial Developments in Certain Zones: Santa Monica Beat – March, 8, 2021

March 8, 2021

March 8, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Could Halt Commercial Developments in Certain Zones * Suspect...

Video: The Danger of Inshore Holes

March 6, 2021

March 6, 2021

This time of the year, inshore holes can be dangerous to swimmers and are hard to identify, learn how to...

Trader Joe’s Eyes Another Santa Monica Space

March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

Grocery store interested in space across the street from new Target By Sam Catanzaro Another major retailer may open in...

More Coastal Housing for the Westside?

March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

More affordable housing may be coming to Westside coastal neighborhoods. Learn more in this video made possible by School of...

Edify TV: Westside High-Rise Nears Completion

March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

A Westside high-rise checking in at over 30 stories is nearing has topped-out, the first building of this size built...

Police Union Considering Suing City of Santa Monica Over Lack of Citizen Commission Inclusion

March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

By Toi Creel ] The City of Santa Monica’s Police union is fighting to be included in a committee meant...

Video: Indoor Dining Close to Returning in LA County?

March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

Indoor dining could return to LA County very soon. Learn more and hear what diners have to say in this...

Food Review: Venice’s Newest Burger Stand Sticks to the Basics

March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

Checking in at Adrift Burger Bar By Kerry Slater I, like so many, have fond memories of eating burgers as...

Santa Monica Library Branch to Reopen Under Self-Service Model

March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

Californias’ Open+ Pilot Project coming to Santa Monica Public Library Ocean Park branch By Sam Catanzaro Amid sweeping budget cuts...

Santa Monica Teachers Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations Ahead of Campuses Reopening

March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

SMMUSD partners with Providence St. John’s Health Center to vaccinate certain educators and staff By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica-Malibu Unified...

‘Safe Camping’ at the VA is Open To All Homeless Veterans

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

The “safe camping” program is geared toward getting homeless Veterans off the streets and provides a way to transition from homelessness to...

Santa Monica Police Warn of Thieves Targeting Seniors Near Palisades Park

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Two elderly woman robbed along Ocean Avenue recently By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are investigating two thefts targeting senior...

Santa Monica’s Zero Emissions Delivery Zone Pilot Has Begun: Santa Monica Beat – March, 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica’s Zero Emissions Delivery Zone Pilot Has Begun * City...