Rex 1516, a new Cajun/Creole/Southern/Soul-inspired restaurant located on South Street, will open its doors to the public on Thursday, March 1.
Owned and operated by the husband/wife team of Evan Malone and Jill Weber (also of South Street’s Jet Wine Bar), this comfy 35-seater will have the feel of a faded Southern mansion, complete with authentic touches like chandeliers, antique mirrors, wrought iron and distressed woodwork.
Reclaimed materials rescued from the Rittenhouse Club (designed by Frank Furness) and Penn’s Church of the Savior will add to the restaurant’s aesthetic charm.
As for the cuisine, Alabama transplant Executive Chef Regis Jansen (formerly of 1601, Royal Tavern and Latest Dish) is in charge of creating the Southern lunch and dinner menus. Comfort foods like stuffed pork roulade, crawfish pot-pie, seitan meatloaf and sweet potato mash are just a few of the anticipated dishes. We suggest checking out their Facebook page to ogle some photos of their food, but be careful, they’re sure to make you drool.
The restaurant, which is also vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, is very fittingly named after Rex, the infamous “Monarch of Mardi Gras,” also known as the “King of Carnival.”
1516 South Street