A new cocktail bar is taking over Salvation Pizza’s former location in the north campus area in Austin: Honey Moon is set to open on 624 West 34th Street sometime this summer, potentially in June or July.
Honey Moon will offer cocktails with fresh juices, wine, beers, and ciders, with plenty of local options. Food-wise, the menu will feature upscale comfort food and shared plates.
Behind Honey Moon are co-owners Reed Calhoun and Adrienne Wiggins. Instead of taking a honeymoon after their spring wedding, they decided they’d rather open their own bar, hence the name. Calhoun, who is also a musician, has worked in the hospitality industry for a while. Most recently, he was a bartender at South Congress Italian restaurant Enoteca Vespaio.
Calhoun and Wiggins are working on Honey Moon’s menus, with the help of executive chef Manuel Rocha. Previously, Rocha had worked at Philip Speer’s now-closed French bistro/American diner Bonhomie, gastropub Hopfields, and the now-closed “Ivy League-themed” downtown bar Academia.
Honey Moon’s vibe is meant to feel like a neighborhood bar with a more upscale vibe, or as Calhoun explained, people in the north-central area are “hard-pressed to find a spot in that neighborhood that rivals the elegance and service of some of the more prominent downtown bars and restaurants.”
Working on the space is architect Ben May, who had worked on Contigo, Hank’s, and Hudson’s Hill Country. Calhoun and Wiggins plan on designing the interiors themselves, taking cues from French aesthetics.