By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
When you walk into Rex Baron, you are transported into another world. It is a place that is post-apocalyptic and tells a story while you taste dishes from the scratch kitchen.
What Rex Baron is all about is in its parent company’s name, Rex Gryphon. The restaurant group’s name Rex- stands for Restaurant, Entertainment, Xperience and the gryphon is part eagle and part lion, which brings both heart and vision.
The concept combines entertainment into the dining experience.
“To disrupt and excel in an ever-evolving industry, we have mastered the REX: Restaurant, Entertainment Xperience at our posts by offering a high quality, healthy and delicious menu with a storied, rustic, new world atmosphere that engages and stimulates,” said Michael Norris, who leads the development of Rex Gryphon’s vigilante posts.
That experience starts depending on how you enter the restaurant, which is located in the Nordstrom wing of Town Center Mall.
If you access the restaurant’s store front space, you will enter a 2,500-square-foot VREX Lounge where you can escape reality and partake in a “bucket list” adventure like skydiving, diving in the ocean, piloting a plane, driving a race car or venturing on a safari.
There are 32 different stations where you can find an experience you want to escape into. The virtual reality lounge has a full-service bar and offers a choice of Oculus Valve Index and XTAL experiences. XTAL is the world’s first VR headset with AutoEye and embedded Leap Motion with 5k resolution. Rex Baron’s VREX Lounge will be the only VR venue in the world offering the XTAL.
And when you work up an appetite, you can enter the themed restaurant where you will be greeted by Rex Baron and his 18 vigilantes, who will protect you in the new world.
As you enter the restaurant, you become a survivor along with the other vigilante characters who have a goal of creating a new inclusive world.
The Boca location or “outpost” is the second for the restaurant group. The first, Mad Rex, is located in Philadelphia and recently was nominated for Best Steakhouse in the city.
Booths feature patches of the old world with swatches of Gucci and Louis Vuitton prints sewn into the worn leather look.
The 18 vigilantes, nine men, nine women, all have their own role and story line. Their leader is Rex Baron, a MIT graduate who started a medical drone company and after becoming a billionaire retired to Boca Raton.
Each outpost has a local nod, so the farmer is Yamato, who tends and protects the land; Watson, who leads technology; and there is former police officer Boca Blade.
Other characters include Cobra, a former surgeon who saves and heals those in need; Roughneck, who drills for water and protects the wells; and Drifter, who is in charge of exploring for new territories while recruiting, and rescues deserted pets he finds and takes care of them in the outpost’s own animal sanctuary.
Each character is a piece of art, dressed in high fashion, and styled to look like their role in the society.
The menu continues with the survivor theme, too. There is a forager’s menu for vegans and vegetarians and meat eaters become the chef at their own table after selecting from the hunter’s menu.
After you choose your protein, an in-house butcher will bring you your steak, seafood or poultry and give you tips on seasoning and cooking on the Black Lava Rock or the Pink Himalayan Salt Block.
You get a choice of three sauces: Wasteland (hot pepper relish, horseradish, crème fraiche, Mad Rex BBQ sauce and spice rub), Guts & Glory (Mad Rex hot sauce, tzatziki sauce, romesco sauce, spice rub) or The Grasslands (Pesto, balsamic reduction, sriracha).
Other items include Lava Rock Charred Caesar salad, half-pound Baron Burger and Pan Seared Scallops with turkey chorizo and roasted corn puree.
Sides include Goat Cheese and Mushroom Risotto, Himalayan Salted Baked Potato and Wild Rice Pilaf with chickpeas, cranberries, cherries, and apricots.
To drink, there are 16 signature cocktails served in post-apocalyptic barware or served up in military-grade IV bags perched on rolling frames.
In addition to the main dining room, there is an outdoor terrace for dining and a private room.
Rex Baron will be open on Oct. 16 for lunch at 11 a.m.
Rex Baron is open seven-days-a-week, on Sundays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are not required, but can be made via Open Table, www.TheRexBaron.com or by calling 561-447-6993.