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Punch Bowl Social bringing its ‘eatertainment’ concept to Fort Worth

Denver-based Punch Bowl Social, which has a Dallas location opening later this year, is also coming to Fort Worth, though in a slightly different format. Punch Bowl Social, which focuses on “eatertainment,” announced June 14 it will open a smaller sized,12,500-square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment concept in Fort Worth’s West 7th entertainment corridor in December 2018 at 1100 Foch St. in the former site of Times Ten Cellars, which closed earlier this year.

Punch Bowl Social was recently named as a Fast Company 2018 Most Innovative Company for its implementation of the eat, drink, play or “eatertainment” concept, pairing made-from-scratch dishes and craft beverages with social gaming.

Punch Bowl Social’s Fort Worth location will represent an exciting evolution in the groundbreaking company’s continued expansion, bringing a new, more compact concept model to the Northern Texas city. Historically, Punch Bowl Social properties have encompassed approximately 25,000 square feet, but the new Fort Worth location will be half of that size. While this newest configuration will occupy less space, guests will enjoy the same food and beverage offering, and quality experience from the millennial-centered brand, according to the company.

Punch Bowl Social Fort Worth will feature a refreshed menu that melds the best of the American diner with a fresh, modern take on Mexican cuisine, designed and curated by James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugh Acheson, an innovative craft beverage program, and a selection of social activities including duck pin bowling, ping-pong, Skeeball, darts, board games, classic video games and more. The brand’s design aesthetic combines mountain lodge with Victorian, industrial, and mid-century modern design themes .

“We’re continually fielding requests from developers and other interested parties to bring Punch Bowl Socials into their cities,” said Punch Bowl Social founder and CEO Robert Thompson. “We’re known for bringing jobs, tax dollars and, often, other businesses that move in around us when we serve as an anchor tenant. It was important that we take our time to conceptualize what a smaller sized Punch Bowl Social might look like to ensure it would still feel and operate like the larger models, providing a full experience just in a smaller space.”

Thompson credits the opportunity on West 7th with mobilizing the company to find the right design schematic. “Fort Worth was too good of an opportunity for us to pass up,” he said. “It’s a fantastic city with a well-known cultural scene. Add in everything that’s happening along the West 7th Corridor and we knew we had to be here. I can’t think of a better place to launch this newest iteration of Punch Bowl Social.”

Punch Bowl Social launched in Denver in 2012 and is found today in 14 cities across the country including Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Sacramento and San Diego. Fort Worth marks the company’s fourth planned Texas property. Punch Bowl Social Austin opened in 2014; Punch Bowl Social Dallas is slated to open in November 2018 and a second Austin location, scheduled to open in early 2019 in the heart of downtown, was announced in April.

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