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In the News: Punch Bowl Social coming to West Loop, replacing planned Brooklyn Bowl site


Denver-based Punch Bowl Social announced on Thursday it will open a 28,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment destination in the West Loop next October.

“The West Loop neighborhood is the fastest growing, hippest area in the city and undeniably the place to be,” Punch Bowl Social founder and CEO Robert Thompson said in a news release. "What we love, and what really taps into the essence of Punch Bowl Social, is how seamlessly the neighborhood blends industrial, gritty roots with an edgy-yet-modern vibe."

The location at 832 W. Fulton St. was initially slated to be a Brooklyn Bowl, according to plans submitted in 2014. But rumors have swirled for months that those plans had stalled.

There will still be bowling, in the form of eight bowling lanes, along with three private karaoke rooms, vintage video games, shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, bocce and skee-ball.

"In cold environments, people need a lot of indoor activities. We try to provide that," Thompson said.

The new outpost — Punch Bowl Social's eighth in the country, which includes spots in Schaumburg and Minneapolis — will comprise portions of the ground floor along Green Street and the second floor of the Fulton Street warehouse building, developers Convexity Properties said.

Read more at DNAinfo Chicago.