The Honeymoon: Just What Downtown Needs

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Photos by Molly Dunn
From left: Matt Toomey, Charlotte Mitchell and Brad Moore -- business partners establishing The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar.
If you work, live or just spend all of your time downtown, you've probably noticed there aren't that many places to grab a quick bite to eat, sit down for a cup of coffee, or enjoy a casual dinner and dessert before or after a theater performance. Sure, there are lots of restaurants such as The Grove, Batanga, Artista and Sambuca; and there are lots of bars, such as Flying Saucer, Hearsay Gastro Lounge and Reserve 101. But, there's one thing missing from the downtown dining scene -- a casual place to grab a coffee, cocktail and bite to eat.

Let's face it. If you're searching for a laid-back coffee shop in downtown, or along the rail line, you'll be searching for a while. But, that problem will soon be resolved when The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar opens at 300 Main this spring.

The Honeymoon is a partnership between Matt Toomey and Charlotte Mitchell of Boomtown Coffee and Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse of The Corinthian Bar Group (Goro & Gun, Lei Low Bar, OKRA, Bad News Bar, Big Star Bar and Grand Prize Bar). The foursome believes that this establishment will assist in the revitalization of downtown.

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The Honeymoon won't have the mural of mariachis behind the bar; it will be painted.
"I really think downtown needs this," Moore says. "It will be a concept that's open from 7 a.m. until midnight. It rounds out the corner [of Main and Congress]. We've got Boomtown doing super high-quality coffee, and Justin [Burrow] from Bad News Bar, he's doing the cocktail program, and we've got a great staff management, and are otherwise ready to execute this. It should be fun and I really think it's what downtown needs."

Toomey describes the partnership of the coffee program from Boomtown and the cocktail program from The Corinthian Bar Group as "a marriage," and the partners believe opening The Honeymoon along the rail line is a prime location for their concept of invoking the spirit of NOLA.

"What it reminds me of most, in terms of just the concept, and it's unintentional, but it's right along the rail line, but it reminds me a lot of the bars and cafes in train stations, like all across Europe and everything," Mitchell says. "So, it's ... open from the morning; you can get your coffee; you can get your pastry; something quick, something sit-down, and then all the way into the evening."

The Honeymoon sits on the corner of Congress and Main along the rail line, just down the street from Goro & Gun, The Pastry War and Bad News Bar. The coffee shop and bar is still in the construction stage, but the historic building has made the process much easier on the partners. The building already had existing hardwood floors, a built-in oak bar and an ample amount of natural light.

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Windows line the walls of the building, providing lots of natural light.

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Location Info

The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar

300 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Grove

1611 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Batanga

908 Congress Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sambuca

909 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

705 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

218 Travis, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Reserve 101

1201 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Boomtown Coffee

242 W. 19th St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Goro & Gun - CLOSED

306 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lei Low Bar

6142 N Main St, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Original OKRA Charity Saloon

924 Congress St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

308 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Star Bar

1005 W. 19th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Pastry War

310 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Brasserie 19

1962 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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1 comments
JimmyJoplin
JimmyJoplin

Hopefully they'll pay particular attention to the design of the space. It's been mentioned before but far too often houston establishments tend to lean towards the "spend as little as possible/resale shop" school of decor.

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