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Grown-Up Playground Punch Bowl Social Won’t Hit Deep Ellum Until 2019

The game-obsessed Denver chain’s arrival has seen a few delays

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Now in the works for more than two years, Denver-based chain Punch Bowl Social won’t open in Dallas until 2019.

Since it was announced in 2016, Punch Bowl Social has delayed its opening more than once. It was originally expected to debut this summer, then that was pushed back to “late 2018.” Now, a representative for the chain tells Eater that the Deep Ellum location at 2600 Main Street won’t open until early 2019. The process may have been slow-going over the past several months, but mixed-beverage permit applications filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission indicate that progress is pushing forward.

When it does arrive in Dallas, the sprawling venue will be equal parts restaurant and entertainment destination. Video games, ping-pong, darts, duck pin bowling, and more activities will be on offer, along with punch bowls filled with booze and trendy tacos, avocado toasts, and grain bowls. It’s seemingly a perfect fit for the “new” Deep Ellum, which Punch Bowl Social owner CEO Robert Thompson chose specifically as the “perfect” neighborhood to fit the chain’s self-described “urbane, gritty and edgy” vibe.

A second DFW location in Fort Worth could possibly open before the Dallas outpost — it’s currently expected to arrive later this year. That location will be about half the size of the chain’s 14 other locations, but will still boast the same games, food, and ”mountain lodge meets Victorian, industrial, and mid-century modern” aesthetic.

Right now, Punch Bowl Social is set to open in Dallas in February 2019. Stay tuned to see if that changes.

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