via The Honey Hive Instagram

A former bar with elevated pub grub and ping pong tables will soon be home to The Honey Hive, a refined evening escape from the upper King Street hustle and bustle serving desserts, craft cocktails and savory small plates. 

HōM did not reopen after the pandemic-prompted shutdown, and Honey Hive general manager Shawna Allen said owners Michael and Angela Marino took over the 563 King St. space in June 2020. 

“We’re just hoping this will be a place for locals to come and kind of get off the craziness of King Street,” Allen said. “Just trying to compliment what’s happening here on the street rather than compete with it. We knew that this part of King Street felt right for us as far as this concept.” 

Honey Hive will serve 16 small plates, eight sweet and eight savory | Honey Hive Instagram

Look for a “mainly dessert driven menu with some savory small plates,” said Allen, adding that the menu will feature around 16 food items — eight sweet and eight savory. Allen and Honey Hive pastry chef Payton Williams have been testing recipes at Neighbors Commissary Kitchen for the last six months and plan to introduce desserts like a cannoli stuffed with foie gras semifreddo. 

“Taking a typical dessert item and giving it a savory personality is part of what we’re shooting for,” Allen said. 

Once open, The Honey Hive will have a two-part layout separated by automatic sliding glass doors. The front will be geared toward the pre-dinner crowd, and the back will act as more of a lounge area with a private dining space called the “Bubble Room.” 

“We’ve got a little speakeasy-style bar and then the Bubble Room being the pièce de résistance,” Allen said. 

With its 2 a.m. liquor license, The Honey Hive plans to be open from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. nightly. The group is hoping to complete renovations and open the doors by July 2021, Allen said. 

For more information, follow The Honey Hive on Instagram @thehoneyhivechs.