REX: Luxury Restaurant & Club by Eric Kuster Metropolitan Luxury
Since 2008, REX, the luxury restaurant has been located in the iconic Art Deco cinema on the Groest. With its street food menu, REX flies worldly flavors to Het Gooi. Indonesian rendang, Mexican tacos or Japanese sashimi – all perfect in size as an intermediate dish.
In the evening the DJ fills the room with old school R&B and hip hop and we toast the weekend with the extensive selection of cocktails. The colorful interior design combines Art Deco with a touch of Miami: old pink, deep green, marble and brass supplemented with geometric shapes and lush floral prints.
The successful entrepreneur-owner of this wonderful art deco building – originally a cinema – wanted to create a bar-restaurant cum nightclub with a difference. The listed building features a magnificent steel staircase, as well as original light-fittings. Eric’s brief was to take its existing sense of glamour and fun to a new level.
According to Eric, the luxury bar exudes quiet opulence, thanks to brown velvet-clad walls, and comfortable corner seating upholstered in bronzed leather. The modern restaurant, meanwhile, has a library theme with books lining the walls and a mood that’s perfect for conversation. Eric’s capacity for problem-solving is exemplified by the shuttered windows he’s added to this part of the space. In reality, there’s nothing but a dark internal void behind them but, by using natural-looking backlighting, he’s created the illusion that they overlook an outdoor area.
Upstairs in the opulent Spiderman-themed luxury club, purple-velvet clad walls and seating in the VIP area are upholstered in luxurious gold leather. The true show-stopper, though, is the lighting display that entertains nightly visitors.
“Over the years, I’ve surrounded myself with a first-class team – I think of them as my family – and that’s one of the reasons we can achieve the sort of things we’ve been able to achieve here. Although I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve visually in Rex’s web-themed light display, I didn’t have the technical skills to achieve it. Consequently, I made sure we were working with someone who did – and the result is a spectacular light show that really is the talk of the town!” – Eric Kuster, Interior Designer
This contemporary restaurant is open from 11 am to 1 am during the week and till 4 am during the weekend!