or those of you unfamiliar, think of the time with steam machinery and how people of the period would build futuristic objects. Think Hugo, or that semi-awful, semi-awesome Will Smith movie, Wild Wild West. RX Boiler Room apparently isn't the first steampunk restaurant since we've found pretty impressive displays in India and Poland. But it is the first we've seen in the US.
Various believers of geologic theories during the era were called such wonderful terms as fluvialists, catastrophists and plutonists. Scientists classified, drew and collected. It was a wonderful time for exploration of new ideas. The scientific drawings, equipment and language fit nicely within the modern steampunk asthetic.