Too me this restaurant looks to be a bit of a clone of the Rainforest Cafe.
Not odd since they are owned by the same outfit and the Rainforest has been very successful around the country and in WDW. Rainforest names their entrees cutely like this also. The theming seems to follow the same pattern just with dinosaurs & climate changes. Rainforest has a thunderstorm every twenty minutes R-Rex will have a meteorite shower every 20 minutes. This one too will also have a matching gift shop just like Rainforest and Yeti. They seem to know what works and draws visitors.
From All Ears:
T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, A Place to Eat, Shop,
Explore and Discover is scheduled to open at Downtown Disney on
October 14, 2008. T-Rex, developed by Schussler Creative, Inc.,
and operated by Landry's Restaurants, Inc., features dining and
retail in a 30,000-square-foot, 600-seat interactive prehistoric
environment. The concept is built around water, fire and ice:
Guests will be greeted with life-size animatronic dinosaurs that
live among cascading waterfalls, bubbling geysers, a fossil dig
site and much more. There will be a meteorite shower every 20
minutes and an aqua bar complete with a 6,000-gallon shark tank
and a large octopus with mechanical tentacles. A full-size
skeleton replica of Argentinosaurus, one of the largest of the
dinosaurs and copied from a museum specimen about 125 feet in
length, looms over the entrance, joined by a Tyrannosaurus rex
skeleton. The theme carries over to the menu, which features
items with names such as Caesarsaurus (Caesar salad), Raptor
Ribs (Asian BBQ ribs), Pterodactyl Wings (Buffalo chicken
wings), Triassic Tortellini (tri-colored cheese tortellini) and
Gigantosaurus Burger (think really big hamburger). You will be
able to make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).