Punch Bowl Social, an experiential food and beverage concept, announced today that it will open in Salt Lake City’s Gateway development in June of 2019. The award-winning lifestyle brand, recently selected as one of Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies, has garnered recognition for its industry-changing, balanced execution of the eat, drink, play concept, pairing made-from-scratch dishes and craft beverages with social gaming. Punch Bowl Social was further honored last month when Nation’s Restaurant News counted it among its five 2018 Hot Concepts winners.
Punch Bowl Social Salt Lake City
Located at 6 N. Rio Grande St. and measuring 15,000 square feet, Punch Bowl Social Salt Lake City marks an exciting new chapter in the company’s rapidly-expanding nationwide portfolio. Historically, Punch Bowl Social properties have averaged 25,000 square feet. This new, more compact design – a 12,500-square foot Punch Bowl Social in Fort Worth, Texas was announced earlier this year – allows for additional expansion and enables the company’s ownership to consider new real estate opportunities in retail, shopping and dining developments.
Eat, Drink, Play, Punch Bowl Social Style
And while this newest configuration will occupy less space, guests will enjoy the same quality and experience for which the larger Punch Bowl Socials are known. Punch Bowl Social Salt Lake City will feature the restaurant’s high-integrity culinary menu with made-from scratch items like Chicken-n-Waffles with Chipotle Syrup, Classic Burger, Fried Bologna Sandwich, Street Tacos, and an expanded selection of shareable dishes including Pork Rillettes and Green Chorizo Fries. The craft beverage program features creative cocktails, local beers, select wines, non-alcoholic beverages and the company’s namesake punches, and an expansive selection of social activities including mini bowling, ping pong, karaoke, shuffleboard, foosball, vintage arcade games and more.
For Punch Bowl Social founder and CEO Robert Thompson, Salt Lake City was an obvious choice. “We’ve been interested in Salt Lake City for quite some time as it shares many of the same attributes as Colorado and we like how close it is to our home base in Denver,” he said. “We were intrigued by the vibrancy and energy of The Gateway community, with its density of shopping, dining and entertainment offerings, as well as the innovative arts scene. It was pretty clear that we needed to be here.”
Thompson adds that the proximately to the Utah Jazz was an added bonus. “What we’ve found in other cities is that these new live/work/play communities and particularly those that are anchored by major league sporting teams are a great draw, bringing in crowds and creating energy. We’re really looking forward to opening Punch Bowl Social in Salt Lake City.”
Jenny Cushing, Vice President of Leasing at Vestar, the development’s owner, said she’s thrilled to welcome Punch Bowl Social, with its unique and highly-curated eat, drink, play experience, to The Gateway. “We’ve been working over-time on our promise to make The Gateway the top entertainment destination for all of Utah,” she said. “Punch Bowl Social’s focus on its scratch menu, craft beverages and social activities is really unique and adds a flavor that won’t be found elsewhere within The Gateway.”
Considered Utah’s premier urban entertainment center, The Gateway is home to an array of top entertainment experiences including, Wiseguys Comedy Club, the Depot Live Music Venue, Dave & Busters, Clark Planetarium and Megaplex Theatres, as well as a recently-announced Tech Hub and office and living space.
Punch Bowl Social Salt Lake City is the brand’s first property located in the Rocky Mountain west outside company headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Punch Bowl Social Broadway, the very first Punch Bowl Social, located in downtown Denver, opened in 2012. Punch Bowl Social Stapleton, the company’s 10th property which opened in the iconic air traffic control tower of the city’s former Stapleton International Airport, welcomed guests last November. To date, there are 14 Punch Bowl Social locations nationwide including Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Portland, OR, Sacramento, San Diego, Schaumburg, IL and the two Denver properties.