October 29, 1990 |
Who says apples and oranges don't mix? Rex Chandler has combined the best of the Big Apple and the Big Orange in his new restaurant at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The style is Fifth-Avenue chic and the mood is kick-back elegant. Call it a Rainbow Room at the beach. Or call it Le Bernardin by the bay. But don't forget to call it Orange County's hottest place to be seen.
June 3, 1988 |
The eating must be good in Orange County. Local restaurants recently swept a total of 191 awards at the 1988 World of Dining Banquet. The banquet, sponsored by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Assn., honors restaurants that are judged over a 12-month period on food, wines, service, ambiance and value. Two local Italian restaurants--Antonello Ristorante in Santa Ana and Rex Restaurant in Newport Beach--took two of the most prestigious awards.
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November 6, 1989
Share Our Selves of Costa Mesa, a nonprofit, all-volunteer agency that responds to the emergency needs of Orange County's poor, has asked restaurants to donate food to the agency. Jean Forbath, SOS director, cited a "tremendous need" for prepared food for the homeless and noted that a number of Orange County restaurants, caterers and food services already donate excess food to the agency, but more is always needed.
November 2, 1989 |
Orange County restaurants were given two challenges this week to help the needy. One was from Rex Chandler, owner of Rex Restaurant and the Oyster Bar & Grill in Newport Beach. A five-year board member of the county's American Red Cross chapter, Chandler has asked fellow restaurateurs to designate Saturday as "Nov. 4 for the Red Cross" and to donate 10% of the day's receipts to the Red Cross disaster fund.
January 3, 1991 |
It was the battle of the bashes at Newport Center Fashion Island on New Year's Eve. In one corner: the classic Ritz restaurant nestled under the rolling promenade of the Pacific Mutual building. In the other: the Rex restaurant, the new bistro thriving next to I. Magnin. But we're ahead of our story. What's hot about the Ritz and the Rex is the history they share. Ritz owner Hans Prager once operated his restaurant at the Newport Beach locale where the old Rex stands (now called 21 Oceanfront).