Post-Apocalyptic Restaurant Mad Rex Opens in Fishtown This Weekend

The restaurant and virtual reality lounge kicks off with grand opening parties on October 6th and 7th.

Photo by Society Hill Films

The world’s first post-apocalyptic-themed restaurant, complete with a “Survivor’s Kitchen,” virtual reality lounge, and a rugged “battle truck” bearing its name that will sit on pilings 14 feet in the air and double as an outdoor seating shelter, will open in Fishtown on Friday.

The long-awaited Mad Rex, located at 1000 Frankford Avenue, is the brainchild of Pavel Rathousky, a master butcher from Prague, and his partners, whose interest in post-apocalyptic imagery and a desire to provide a new kind of dining and entertainment experience led to Mad Rex. In addition to the gritty decor and survival-themed menu items, the space includes a virtual reality lounge, including a private VR booth, in which a technician will hook you up to an IV cocktail.

Executive chef and butcher Peter Rule, whose background includes stints at Brigantessa, Fork, and Avance, is focusing on fresh ingredients, including meats from the neighboring George L. Wells Meat Co. His butchery background dovetails perfectly with Mad Rex’s focus; the kitchen offers a special Survivor’s Menu, in which guests cook their own meats at table over black rocks that have been heated to 500 degrees.

The grand opening festivities on Friday, October 6th — also the restaurant’s first day of service — and Saturday, October 7th will include performances by a fire breather, hula hoopers, a photo booth (Friday only) and live DJs.

Mad Rex is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., with lunch served until 3 p.m. Dinner is served from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Management plans to add an “Hour After”-themed happy hour, late night bar menu, kids’ menu and weekend brunch service in the coming weeks.

Check out the full menu below.

Mad Rex
Opening Menu


Pear and endive salad $10
Bosc Pears, candied walnuts, manchego,
pomegranate vinaigrette

Rock grilled caesar salad $10
wedge of char grilled romaine, parmesan
croutons, housemade caesar ( add chicken $5)
Rock charred octopus and fennel $11
grilled on lava rock, balsamic reduction, panzanella salad in a
citrus vinaigrette

Sea green salad $11
Japanese seaweed, kale, roasted ginger garlic carrots in a
buttermilk vinaigrette

Quinoa salad $10
cucumbers, fresh basil, tomatoes, and
shallots in a citrus vinaigrette


Wild mushroom flatbread $12
wild mushrooms, parmesan, fresh arugula salad on a homemade crust

Tomato basil flatbread $12
tomato sauce, fennel mozzerella, fresh basil on a homemade crust

Pear brie and onion flatbread $12
Bosc pears, Brie, garlic oil, caramelized onions on a homemade crust

Seasonal vegetable tempura $9
soy ginger chili sauce

Whole Wings $10
Mad Rex hot sauce, Mad Rex BBQ Sauce , or garlic butter parmesan

Beef Kabobs $8
onions, peppers, tomatos, mushrooms
house made salsa verde (Medium spicy)

Chicken Kabobs $8
onions, peppers, tomatoes
house made salsa verde (Medium spicy)

Shrimp kabobs $10
onions, mushrooms, tomatos
house made salsa verde (Medium spicy)

Home Made pretzel bites $7
cheese sauce and Mad Rex hot sauce


du jour $6


14 oz. NY Strip $28
8 oz.Culotte $24
8oz Flank $20
10 oz.Filet $30

7oz. Cobia $22
7 oz. Tuna steak $23
7 oz. Salmon $20

Chicken $20
chicken strips

all protein served rare
and sliced for convenience
except chicken
other proteins to be added as daily and weekly specials for market price


“Wasteland” $3
hot pepper relish
horseradish crème fraiche
Mad Rex BBQ
w/ spice rub

“Guts and Glory” $3
Mad Rex Hot Sauce
tzatziki sauce
w/ spice rub


Pan Seared 1/2 Green Circle Chicken $22
Free range chicken, fresh whole artichokes, potatoes, broccoli, laveder chicken au jus

Pan Seared Salmon $20
Salmon pan seared, wild rice, wild mushrooms, hoisin buerre blanc

Grilled Kale Pappardelle $18
Homemade papparadelle, parmesan, pecans, pickled mustard seeds, kale pesto sauce

Grilled Pork Chop $24
10oz grilled, sauté greens, rice & beans, in a pork au jus

Grilled NY strip $28
14 oz NY Strip glazed roasted carrots, roasted fingerling, red wine au jus

Pan Seared Scallops $24
thyme butter, celery root puree, white caponata
apples and seaweed


Sauteed Broccoli and Grain $5
garlic, wheatberries, butter, fresh lemon

Grilled Asparagus $6
lemon olive oil, pecans, shaved cured egg yolk

Rice and Beans $5
seasoned rice, eye of the goat beans
cranberry, cannellini beans

Roasted Potatoes $5
rosemary, thyme, garlic

Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables $5

Handcut French fries $5
Housemade seasoned hand cut fries

one side included in rock entrees

prices are for additional only

All Sandwiches comes with fries or side salad

8oz blended caramelized onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato
cheddar and house made pickles, w/ garlic aioli
onion poppy seed bun

Grilled Chicken Parmesana $10
tomato sauce, house made mozzarella, chicken breast
in a Vietnamese French baguette

Pulled Pork $11
Pork shoulder, house made pickles, raw red onion, Mad Rex BBQ Sauce in a Vietnamese French Baguette

Pork Bahn Mi $12
pork belly, chicken liver pate, house made pickles, cilantro, jalapenos
in a Vietnamese French baguette

Roast Beef $12
garlic rosemary au jus, provolone, roasted peppers, and sautéed onions in a garlic aioli.
in a Vietnamese French baguette

Mushroom Tomato Goat Cheese $12
sautéed wild mushroom, peppers, and onions, w/ slices of tomato, balsamic reduction
goat cheese in a toasted Vietnamese French baguette

Vegetarian Reuben $12
carrot spiced in a pastrami blend, sauerkraut, melted swiss, w/homemade thousand island dressing


Chocolate cremeux $5
Goat cheesecake $5
Cannoli shooter $5
Berry parfait $5
Quinoa cake almond milk icing $5
Spiced rice pudding $5
Chocolate cake cherry jubilee sauce $5


Lava Rock Bananas Foster $7
vanilla ice cream, waffles, rum brown sugar

Himalayan Salt Rocks Ice Cream $8
Toppings du jour


The Debacle $10
Vodka, ginger liquer, grapefruit juice, ginger simple syrup, & topped with an IPA Float.

Twelve Mile Hike $11
White Rum, rye whiskey, blackberry brandy, cherry liquer and fresh lemon juice.

Brine Yard $11
Gin, homemade pickle juice with homemade pickled veggie skewer.

The Last Sunrise $10
Tequila, orange & pineapple juices, jalapeno simple syrup with a blackberry brandy float.

Scorched Earth $11
Rye whiskey, Campari, orange liquer, orange juice and ginger simple syrup w/ spiced rim.

The Dark Saying $10
Bacardi dark & light Rum, ginger simple syrup, fresh lime juice topped with a porter beer.

The Mehmet $10
Apple Infused Bourbon, apple cider, cider vinegar, cinammon simple syrup with a dash of hot sauce and bitters.

The Coming $10
Habanero vodka, citrus liqueur, fresh lime and passion fruit puree.

The Outcast $10
Muddled sage, bourbon, Aperol, citrus liqueur agave with grapefruit and orange juices.

Second Sight $10
Gin, elderflower liqueur, herb honey simple syrup fresh lemon juice and Pom juice.



Austin Cider $5
Bells Lager of the Lakes $5
DockStreet Rye $5
Double Nickel Rye Porter $6
Evil Genius Adulting $6
Flying Dog Bloodline $6
Goose Island Sofie $6
Southern Tier Coffee Pumpking $6
Troegs Chocolate Stout (Nitro) $6
Victory Golden Monkey $6
Yards Pale Ale $5
Yuengling $4


Asahi 1L $7
Avery El Gose $5
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin $5
Bells Two Hearted Ale $5
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion $6
Guiness 16oz $7
Heineken 16oz $7
Kentucky Barrel Aged $5
Naraganset $4
PBR $4
Shiner OktoberFest $5
Sly Fox Helles Lager $5
Tecate $4
Terrapin Hopsecutioner $5
Troegs Troegenator 16oz $6
Two Roads Honeyspot IPA $5
Yards Love Stout $5


Amstel Light $5
Angry Orchard $5
Blue Moon $5
Bud Light $4
Coors Lite $4
Corona $6
Corona Light $6
Michelob Ultra $5
Miller Lite $4
Sam Adams Boston Lager $5
Stella $6


White Wines

Pinot Grigio
Ca Donini, Italy – G$8.5 B$32
Anew, Columbia Valley – G$10 B$38
Lechthaler, Italy – G$13.5 B$52

Sauv Blanc
Magnificent Wine, Col. Val. – G$9.5 B$36
Ranga Ranga, New Zealand – G$11.5 B$44
Emollo, Napa Valley – G$15.5 B$60

Carmenet, California – G$9.5 B$36
Met Soeili, California – G$11 B$42
Folie a Deux, Rus. River – G$14 B$54

Other Whites
Pacific Oasis Rslng, Col Vlly – G$9 B$34
Domino Moscato, California – G$9 B$34
Terra D’Oro Ch Blnc/Viog, Clrkbrg – B$42

Charles de Fere Brut – Splt$12
Martini & Rossi Prosseco – Splt$9

Red Wines

Pinot Noir
Lost Angel, California – G$9 B$34
The Crusher, Clarksburg – G$10.5 B$40
Trin Hill Hawkes Bay, NZ – G$13.5 B$54

Seven Falls, Columbia Valley – G$10 B$39
Bonny Doon $%&*#! Merlot, CA – G$13 B$50

Concannon Founders, CA – G$9 B$34
Francis Coppola Claret, CA – G$10.5 B$40
Penfolds Max’s 2015, South Australia

Other Reds
Vina Robles “Red 4” Blend, CA – G$12 B$46
Smoking Loon Malbec, Chile – G$9 B$34
Aruma Malbec, Argentina – G$17 B$65
Querceto Tuscan, Italy – G$11.5 B$44
Luigi Righetti Amarone, Italy – B$108
Terra D’Oro Zinfandel, CA – B$75

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