How would you like to go to Hawaii without going to Hawaii?
The restaurant has a post-apocalyptic theme. Diners can delve into the décor’s 18 characters in remnants of designer duds and their stories. Or just pop in for food and drink.
But what’s really a different experience is the VREX lounge. There are so many virtual reality programs, the management has a book. Guests can “take a walk in space, go on a safari, leap from a plane or pilot a plane.” You can paint a 360-degree work of art or drive a race car. Costs are based on the program you pick and the time you play.
The hours are different, too: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 29; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve; Wednesday Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. New Year’s Day.
Management took over two large spaces in the Nordstrom wing in the mall. The best entrance is between Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Back to the food and “unusually served” themed cocktails. Diners can order from the menu or decide to cook at their own table. There’s a Himalayan salt block heated to 350°C or a black lava rock heated to 650°C. An in-house butcher will bring out meat, seafood or poultry and give guests tips on seasoning.
Here’s some menu selections: Starters include steakhouse chips, cauliflower bites and buffalo chicken dip. Salads include the REX southwest wedge, ancient grain and grilled Caesar. Other dishes include prime rib melt, pan-seared scallops, burgers including vegan, sherry shallot fingerling potatoes and smoked gouda Mac & Cheese.
The Rex Gryphon Group has tried out this concept in Philly. They expect Boca’s Rex Baron to be a destination, a meet up place and even a special occasion venue.
By Marci Shatzman