August 24, 2013


Eatery delivers Italian meals

EateryJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Servers Halee Riley, left, and Allia Shine of Rex’s Hot Pasta and Italian bring dinner to Jackie Giamichael’s car Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Local family members have decided to team up with a local bar to deliver a fresh and different dining experience.
Haley Lowie, and her sister, Heather Shimer are preparing the dishes for Rex’s Hot Pasta and Italian , operating out of the kitchen of Ivan’s Bar & Grill, located at 206 Main St. in Cortland.
Although people who come to Ivan’s Bar & Grill can take a seat and enjoy their meals inside, the draw to Rex’s Hot Pasta is its curbside service.
Customers can call in advance or even from the parking lot to place an order, and Lowie said they will have it ready and brought out to the car in 10 minutes or less — an idea that came to her after recalling how difficult it was to pick up food with her son in the car.
Lowie and Shimer said everything about Rex’s — from the menu recipes to the descriptions of the dishes — was inspired by their father, Rex Fredenburg, and regular family dinners and gatherings.
Lowie said whenever she or her father were invited to an event where guests were asked to bring a dish, people were always asking her to bring a plate of Rex Fredenberg’s specialty.
“My dad is really famous for his hot pasta,” Lowie said. “So I thought why don’t we make it so people can get it whenever they want?”
Marty Shimer, owner of Ivan’s Bar & Grill and Heather’s father-in-law, said he was glad to see his family working together on something which is turning out to be so successful so soon, but he added that he was not surprised.
“Two months before they opened they were in the kitchen perfecting recipes,” Marty Shimer said. “One night we had almost 100 orders; not one complaint.”
“There’s this one kid who has been in here every day since we’ve opened,” Heather Shimer said. “He always posts on Facebook and one time he posted, ‘There’s two things I love in this world: my son and Rex’s Hot Pasta.’”
The sisters say the large, family style portions they serve at Rex’s are guaranteed to feed four people, and they always use the best local ingredients for their dishes.
“We get our bread from East Side Bakery and our lettuce is hydroponically grown,” Lowie said. “We try to use local vendors for everything.”
Heather Shimer says she thinks people are enjoying the food and the simplicity of Rex’s Hot Pasta and she says she and her sister are very fortunate to do what they loves while working with her family.
“It’s always been our dream,” Heather Shimer said, “to open up our place and have it be named after our dad who is the best cook ever.”


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