Is Smithville in the early stages of a revitalization boom? Some look to be betting on it. Early adopters Amy and Steve Simmons (of Amy’s Ice Creams and Phil’s Ice House) opened Honey’s Pizza today at 109 N.E. Second St. just off Main Street in downtown Smithville. The restaurant is named in honor of the fictional diner in which part of the movie “Hope Floats” was shot.
The restaurant serves a half dozen Neapolitan pizzas and a handful of salads and sandwiches. Honey’s also serves craft cocktails, including a tequila-based concoction named after the Sandra Bullock movie. The picturesque town was also a primary filming location for the Terrence Malick period piece “The Tree of Life.” Honey’s Pizza is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
In addition to the Honey’s location, Simmons also purchased the former Smithville Times building on Main Street last year. The acquisition is part of a rejuvenation project Simmons hopes can bring more attention to the quaint town about an hour east of Austin. Chinatown owner Ronald Cheng also plans to open a new restaurant concept in Smithville next year.
“Our goal is to create a destination or day trip place much like Fredericksburg or Lockhart,” Simmons told the Smithville Times last year. The couple behind the popular ice cream stores in Austin bought a ranch in Smithville about a decade ago, according to the Smithville Times story last year, and they plan to eventually retire to the area.