Lewis Everk is looking to open Vyxn in the early fall. He is also the owner of LUXS Lounge. Image via LUXS Lounge
Written by Edward Smith
For Fresnans hungry for fine dining late at night, a new restaurant from a familiar name will open its doors in early fall.
Lewis Everk of Everk Hospitality Group — who is behind LUXS Lounge and Jugo Salad & Juice Bar — is working on Vyxn Restaurant & Lounge at the high-profile RiverView Shopping Center.
There, at 9455 N. Fort Washington Road, head chef Adam Meier from Copper River Country Club will serve up Everk’s “shareable plate concept” for guests. Pizzas, steak, chops and fish will come sliced for people to sample and try multiple menu items, Everk said.
“You get this pressure to look at the menu and pick the best thing,” he said. “This way you get to try a few things.”
He recommends two to three dishes per person shared amongst the group.
“It has that tapas effect, but if you label it tapas, it makes you think of Spanish food,” Everk said.
What will make Vyxn stand out are its operating hours. Out of a gap Everk saw in the availability of good food after 10 p.m., food will be served at Vyxn as late as 3 a.m.
“In West Hollywood, you can expect a four-star restaurant to be open until 11 p.m., whereas in Fresno, they might only be open until 9 p.m.,” he said.
And he hopes that as people from the Bay Area and Southern California continue to migrate to Central California, his restaurant can cater.
Hiring will begin in mid-September for 75 positions, ranging from managers to servers, including bartenders, kitchen staff, hostesses and more.
Everk said he interviewed nearly 40 people from across the state for the job of head chef.
As for service, he wants to “take it back to the days we took care of you from start to finish.”
Occupying the former Limon Peruvian Cuisine space, Vyxn will have 4,300 square feet on the inside and another 2,000 square feet on the outside. Three patio doors can also open to give an “indoor/outdoor vibe,” Everk said.
The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Saturday 3 p.m. – 3 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. with a made-to-order brunch.
“It’s a place where you dress up and paint the town,” Everk said. “This is where you want to go.”