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Punch Bowl expands social experience to Dallas

Denver-based ‘experiential lifestyle brand’ set to open 17th unit

The food-focused Punch Bowl Social is set to open its 17th unit Saturday in Dallas.

The Denver-based company will debut its 17th unit in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, just east of the city’s downtown. It is the company’s second unit in Texas, after the first in Austin.

“We’ve spent years looking for the right spot in Deep Ellum because of the way the neighborhood has stayed true to its roots while welcoming fresh ideas,” said Robert Thompson, founder and CEO of the concept, in a statement.  “We can think of no better place to open our second Texas location and look forward to contributing to the neighborhood’s vibrancy and energy.”

Thompson opened the first Punch Bowl Social in Denver in 2012, and the concept was a Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concepts honoree in 2018.

The Dallas Punch Bowl occupies nearly 24,000 square feet in a converted two-story building, offering elevated food and beverage along with bowling, ping pong, two private karaoke rooms, darts, board games and classic video games.

While the units offer entertainment, Thompson said the main focus is on food and craft beverages, including the signature punch bowl – offered in both alcohol and non-alcohol versions. The menu is under the direction of Sheamus Feeley, the chief culinary and beverage officer who joined Punch Bowl in 2018 from Hillstone Restaurant Group.

Punch Bowl Social Dallas includes a custom-built 360-degree bar, three outdoor patio spaces and various lounges and gathering spots with designs based on a mountain lodge, Victorian, midcentury modern and industrial themes. A fifth design element pays homage to the host city or neighborhood, which In Dallas includes jazz, train stations and elm trees, from which Deep Ellum derives its name.

Take a look at the Dallas Punch Bowl Social.

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