A new neighborhood restaurant and cocktail lounge, Honey Moon Spirit Lounge, is open in the Heritage neighborhood. It is open for dine-in, with outdoor dining available, in the former Salvation Pizza location at 624 West 34th Street as of Tuesday, April 20.
Honey Moon serves an eclectic menu with items like smoked birria terrine, vegan barbecue burnt ends, pimento cheese, and oysters. There are also desserts like a bourbon applejack hand pie and a Guanaja dark chocolate tart.
Drinks include beer, wine, and cider as well as cocktails like a “Aloe’N Together” with gin, chareau, grapefruit-cardamom shrub, and cava. The restaurant has a kind of cowboy Versailles aesthetic with chandeliers, jewel-toned wallpaper, and assorted antiques from Central Texas.
Honey Moon was announced in February of 2020. It is owned by local couple Reed Calhoun, a 25-year hospitality veteran and member of the band Bee Caves, and Adrienne Wiggins. The pair had originally planned to open the restaurant in June instead of taking a honeymoon, but the wedding and the opening were been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The kitchen is overseen by executive chef Manuel Rocha, formerly of Philip Speer’s now-closed French bistro/American diner Bonhomie, gastropub Hopfields, and the now-closed “Ivy League-themed” downtown bar Academia. The bar program comes from Mallory Valentine (previously of Italian restaurant L’oca d’Oro), and the wine program is led by Certified Sommelier Gretchen Van Eck (former wine buyer at lauded Southern restaurant Olamaie).
The Salvation pizza previously in this location closed after 13 years of business in September 2019. There are still locations open on Rainey, Rock Rose, and in the airport.
Honey Moon Spirit Lounge’s hours of operation are 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.