Dallas is on its way to becoming Bowling Central, with another new bowling restaurant concept coming to town. Called Punch Bowl Social, it's a Denver-based chain that has claimed a prized location in a long unoccupied space at the corner of Main Street and Good Latimer Freeway, where it will combine bowling alley, restaurant, and bar. According to a spokesperson, it'll open in mid-2018.
Founder Robert Thompson opened the first Punch Bowl Social in Denver in 2012. There are now 10 locations in hipster cities across the land including Austin, Portland, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Cleveland. The chain has expansion on the brain: Nine more locations are lined up to open in the next year, in Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego, and Brooklyn. Ohh, could Dallas beat Brooklyn? Could we be that cool?
The company profile emphasizes carefree good times and nonconformity. They "don't believe in uncomfortable chairs, bland walls, and fluorescent lights" but do believe in a "dirty modern mash up" of chandeliers, food for foodies, PBR tallboys, and craft beverages.
"We believe in brunch turning into a bowling party and bowling parties turning into all-you-can-sing karaoke," it says. "We believe in exploring evenings filled with shuffleboard and made-from-scratch chicken and waffles." Hey, we believe in all that, too. We believe.
Thompson says that Deep Ellum was a good location because of is "in-town, gritty entertainment district aspect."
The building at 2600 Main St. was previously home to the Copper Tank Brewery, and has languished empty for five years. It's such a large space that it's been a tough sell for most operators. There've been rumors that a bowling alley was coming to the space for a while; Punch Bowl signed the lease in July.
Punch Bowl joins a burgeoning hipster bowling scene in Dallas with already-open concepts that include Bowlounge in the Design District; Bowl & Barrel at the Shops at Park Lane; and Pinstack, which has locations in Plano, Las Colinas, and Allen. Is it time yet for a bowling roundup?