What is the history of the Rex Restaurant located across from Hugh MacRae Park on Oleander Drive? I remember it from the 1960s because it was one of the few places you could get a pizza to go.
The Rex Restaurant, at 4713 Oleander Drive, opened in the late 1950s, possibly in 1958, according to information contained in Wilmington city directories.
It featured Italian food, along with American food and seafood, years before chain restaurants catering to the universal love for pizza dotted the Wilmington landscape.
The Rex Restaurant closed about 1971.
According to an advertisement contained in the 1963 Wilmington City Directory, the owner was Bruno Marino, Jr.
The Rex Restaurant was “famous for pizza pie,” according to the ad.
Its fare was prepared by “expert cooks” and sold at “moderate prices.”
In addition to takeout, the air-conditioned Rex Restaurant offered dining room service and catering to private parties, the ad noted.
A similar Rex Restaurant was operated by the same family in Morehead City.
Date posted: October 15, 2012
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