Here it is! Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink opens to the public on Saturday

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Lori Midson

After months -- hell, years! -- of waiting and watching, Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink, Robert Thompson's 24,000-square-foot gastro-diner, coffee bar, lounge, bowling alley, ping-pong powerhouse, pool hall, marbles mecca, throwback video arcade and game hang (deck-shuffle, shuffleboard, darts, pinball, Foosball and board games round out the amusements), will finally open to the public Saturday morning, following a blow-out party on Friday night (beginning at 8 p.m.) to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, a local nonprofit.

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Lori Midson

"We've been doing mock service all week -- breakfast, lunch and diner -- and our management team looks like AMC's The Walking Dead, but all of us are thrilled to be opening the doors and serving guests," says Thompson, adding that's he's receiving upwards of twenty e-mails a day from people wanting to book private parties. "I keep getting notes from people telling me that they've created a Facebook event page for twenty on Sunday -- it's crazy."

But the fervor leading up to PBS has been nothing short of exhilarating, insists Thompson, who also owns Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar. "The ground floor enthusiasm has been nothing like I've ever seen or smelled," he tells me. "Ever since I told Westword two years that this was launching, there's been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm -- and I don't think that Denver is going to let us open quietly. We're blessed and scared shitless at the same time."

Thompson, however, seemed remarkably calm (as did his exec chef, Sergio Romero) yesterday when I stopped by to take photos of the finished space, which also includes a photo booth, cotton candy machine, opulent chandeliers and pillars, a bustling open kitchen and marble-topped bar tables.

If you can't wait until Saturday to check out the space, we have a kaleidoscopic gallery of photos for you to peruse, and tickets still remain for the Friday night bash, which requires a $15 donation, the proceeds of which go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. The festivities include live music from The Epilogues, and drinks and food (from the full menu) will be available for purchase.

"We're proud to bring PBS to the Baker District and launch it in conjunction with such a worthy charity as Big Brothers & Big Sisters," says Thompson. "It's been a long road, but PBS is positioned to be the greatest neighborhood game changer since the Wynkoop opened in LoDo in the '80s."


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Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink

65 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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12 comments
Denverguru
Denverguru

The place looks cool.  My concern is that the bowling, ping pong, etc., will be priced much higher than at the d-bag fest locales known as Lucky Strike and Ace.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Well, we shall see.  Not sure of the concept but if it is successful they are going to cause horrendous parking problems in the area.  El Diablo and Sketch are already encroaching on local businesses and neighborhood parking even while utilizing Punch Bowl's parking.  I'm guessing that allowing parking for other businesses in the area is about to end.  I predict a parking clusterf**k.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

Looks cool. I was going to ask if sky blue and burnt orange are the new gray and yellow, but then I got to the photos with the gray and yellow.

 

JimTom
JimTom

It's called walking, you put one foot in front the other and soon you will be there.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

 @Denver Dave I predict that people don't care about parking when it comes to dining out, hitting trendy spots, and having fun. Maybe the Baker residents will be annoyed, but such is the price for living within walking distance of such a vibrant commercial district.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

 @Mantonat Tell it to the neighbors bordering South Gaylord, South Pearl, West Wash Park, West 32nd and Lohi.  All of those areas have been successful in lobbying the city to restrict parking on neighboring streets.  Good luck finding a parking place around these "vibrant" areas.  The city's master plan presumes foot traffic but we all know that is a joke.  Try and find a parking place near Root Down, LInger, LIttle Man, Vita, Lola, Central, LoHi Steak Bar, Sushi Den, Devil's Food,, Izakaya, Black Pearl, Bittersweet, Cafebar, Finely's Pub to name a few.  Vibrant areas, yes.  Adequate parking - not so much.

Cecil
Cecil

 @Mantonat  @Bakerite I don't drive, never have, but my experience with drivers (i.e. most folks) is that they like walking about as much as they like chewing glass-studded bubblegum. People aren't going to hoof it from the Alameda station in high heels with a buzz on.

sporobolus
sporobolus

 @Mantonat  @Bakerite Alameda light rail station is about 3/4 mile away; however, the 0 bus will drop you at Punch Bowl's front door …  not that many patrons will likely set aside their cars (except when they forget where they parked)

Guest
Guest

@Denver Dave @Mantonat For those who are greatly concerned: I hear there is plenty of parking at the Celebrity Lanes in Centennial. Also a great Chili's there with ample spots. ;) Smarmy comments aside, it is a good point that we will likely hear some complaining very soon from the West Wash Park homeowners. The same ones who threw a fit about Gary Lee's "biker bar patio" non - issue.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Bakerite That's the spirit. I think it's an even shorter walk from the alameda light rail. People who worry about parking are the same people who worry. Period.

Bakerite
Bakerite

   @Mantonat Public policy consultant James Castle once said "any place worth its salt has a parking problem".  That being said I live 10 minutes away by foot, and getting totally wasted there ASAP

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