I’m reviewing the restaurant for our February issue (drat, our lengthy publication deadlines), but I thought readers might be curious about the name’s origins before then. Perez Klebahn, the restaurant’s general manager and beverage director, filled me in.
Perez is partners with owners chef Bill Buszinski and his wife Maria, who is Mr. Rain’s business manager. They wanted the restaurant to have synergy with the museum and its Americana when it came to a name, Perez said.
They first settled on "Funhouse" to reflect the museum’s popular Sideshow gift shop. "It’s a little quirky, but it’s supposed to be as fun and offbeat as the museum," Klebahn said. But legally the name was claimed, so they had to embellish it.
So how did the partners get to the "Mr. Rain" part?" As it turns out, Rain is the middle name of the Buszinskis’ six-year-old son, Jaden Rain. They added "Mr." as an homage to the Beatles’ song
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! Emphasis on "Mr."
You have to love how these people think. But, keep in mind, while their style is playful, the cuisine at Mr. Rain’s—comfort food with cultural influences—is serious business. You won’t be disappointed if you visit.