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‘Top Chef’ judge created the menu for this restaurant and bar coming to St. Louis

Punch Bowl Social’s restaurant in Minneapolis has an industrial look with high ceilings, exposed duct work and factory-style windows. The company plans to open a location in St. Louis next year with bowling, virtual-reality gaming and other entertainment.
Punch Bowl Social’s restaurant in Minneapolis has an industrial look with high ceilings, exposed duct work and factory-style windows. The company plans to open a location in St. Louis next year with bowling, virtual-reality gaming and other entertainment.

A new restaurant, bar and entertainment complex is coming to St. Louis with eight bowling lanes, a bocce ball court, virtual reality games, private karaoke rooms and a 360-degree bar for watching TV sports.

Punch Bowl Social is the second company to announce this week that it plans to set up shop in the City Foundry STL development at 3700 Forest Park Ave., former site of the old Century Electric factory.

The first company was Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which plans to open a 10-screen theater and offer a full menu of restaurant food, craft beer, fine wines and other cocktails to people while they’re watching movies.

The 26,000-square-foot Punch Bowl Social complex is expected to open in the summer of 2019, according to a press release. The Denver-based company has 11 locations in Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, California and Oregon, and eight more are planned.

The new food and entertainment venue Punch Bowl Social opens in Sacramento’s Downtown Commons Friday, Dec. 16 2017.

“St. Louis is often referred to as a hidden gem within the Midwest region, and after spending a significant amount of time there, I wholeheartedly agree,” stated founding CEO Robert Thompson.

“(City Foundry STL) is a very distinct project with attributes that dovetail well with the Punch Bowl Social brand. It’s a gritty, urban space that promises to deliver an elevated experience for its visitors. We love the idea of going into such a cool and historic space while having the opportunity to play a role in its exciting next chapter.”

St. Louis is often referred to as a hidden gem within the Midwest region, and after spending a significant amount of time there, I wholeheartedly agree.

Punch Bowl Social CEO Robert Thompson

The complex’s “diner-inspired” restaurant will serve craft beer and “made-from-scratch” food on a menu created by the company’s culinary partner, Hugh Acheson, Top Chef judge and James Beard Award winner.

The complex also will provide gathering spaces for small and large groups in an eclectic atmosphere with modern, industrial, Victorian and even mountain-lodge design elements. Virtual reality games also will be social.

“While lounging on comfy couches and enjoying sharable food and drinks, large-screen TVs enable the entire group to participate in the action, and dedicated servers and tech support team members are on hand to make the entire experience seamless,” according to the press release.

City Foundry STL is the “adaptive reuse” of the former 15-acre Century Electric Foundry site. It will contain the city’s “first true food hall,” retail and entertainment space and offices that make use of historical-industrial architecture.

“City Foundry STL is thrilled to welcome Missouri’s first Punch Bowl Social as an anchor tenant in our property,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Lawrence Group, which is developing the site. “Punch Bowl Social complements the experiential and innovative vibe of City Foundry STL with its unique blend of social activities, highly creative menu and craft beverages. It’s a great fit.”

Teri Maddox: 618-239-2473, @BNDwriter

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