Honeymoon Café

Located at the corner of Congress Avenue and Main Street in Houston’s Sterne Building, the Honeymoon Café and Bar is a daytime addition to the rapidly developing nightlife scene in the area. Formerly an oversized TexMex restaurant, the space was in desperate need of simplification — something that would “engender the casual spirit of a French-inspired café,” notes CONTENT Architecture founder Jesse Hager, AIA.

With a modest budget, the design team focused on bringing a light and airy feeling to the cafe. An arched back bar and a large interior window, which allows views into the roasting room, define the space. Windows wrap the perimeter along the corner, providing glimpses of the hustle and bustle of the street. And marble tabletops fit for a Parisian sidewalk offer spots where patrons can enjoy the energy of a revitalizing district throughout the day and well into the night as coffee mugs are replaced with highballs.

This article is online content for the September/October 2015 issue of Texas Architect.