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Adam Hegsted offers first glimpse of Honey menu

UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

Construction has started on Honey Co., Adam Hegsted’s latest concept.

The new eatery and lounge will be located in downtown Coeur d’Alene in the same spot that formerly held the Cellar, Hegsted’s upscale now-closed Pacific Northwest restaurant.

Hegsted said Honey’s opening is “looking like late May.” Plans originally called for it to open in March or April. The Cellar closed in January 2017.

Hegsted is revamping the space into a downstairs social club and upstairs eatery. Contemporary comfort food at an approachable price point is the focus. That’s the fare for which Hegsted is known.

Entrees at the boho-chic Honey Eatery will be modern, fun and approachable – similar to those on the menu at his Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar in Ponderay – think honey fried chicken and sammies, fry bread and doughnuts – as well as Gilded Unicorn in downtown Spokane. It “will have a little more of an eclectic, artistic feeling with modern industrial decor while keeping the historic looks of the building,” Hegsted said, comparing it to a “modern diner. We will have an amazing beer and wine list and feature a lot of brunch-style cocktails, always rotating seasonally, seven days a week.”

Menu items include an Inland Northwest Benedict with trout and mushrooms, sourdough honey waffle, avocado toast, honey Caesar salad, cedar-cooked Idaho trout, honey-cured pork ribs and a burrata omelet. Coffee comes from Roast House.

The plan is to open the eatery for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but close fairly early. And, Wednesday through Sunday, that’s when it time to go downstairs.

The first floor will offer “a speakeasy social club,” Hegsted said.

Honey Social Club will feature craft and classic cocktails, such as the Bee’s Knees, and American-style tapas, or casual, Inland Northwest-inspired small plates, similar to those on the menu at his Wandering Table in Kendall Yards. Look for a buttermilk biscuit with pork butter and honey, mini Scotch quail eggs, char sui pork with green onion pancakes, and a burger with beer cheddar, honey-bacon jam, mustard and smoked mayo.

The look and feel of the lounge will evoke the style of the 1920s and ‘30s with a darker and richer color scheme than upstairs. Hegsted’s installing a new stage with new lighting and sound as well as – wait for it – a self-service wine bar, which will feature 1-, 3- and 6-ounce pours of wine purchased with a card. “Most wine featured will be fairly inexpensive and regional based,” he said. Plus, “We will still have the actual wine cellar, which will have our monthly wine and beer club.”

He plans to hold live music and ticketed concert events Thursday through Saturday at Honey Social Club, which will be open Wednesday through Sunday.

The name at both pays homage to a favorite local ingredient, Hegsted said.

Hegsted owns or is a partner in IncrediBurger and Eggs, Wandering Table, Yards Bruncheon and Gilded Unicorn in Spokane; Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar in Ponderay; Eat Good Cafe in Liberty Lake; Republic Kitchen and Taphouse in Post Falls; and Le Catering, a catering company. A second Incrediburger location is in the works for CdA.