A whopping 20,000-square-feet of "eatertainment" space is coming to the six-block Makers Quarter hub in the East Village, with the arrival of Punch Bowl Social. Based out of Denver, Colorado, the rapidly growing restaurant/gaming concept also has locations in Portland, Austin and Detroit, with new outposts headed for Brooklyn, Sacramento and now, San Diego.
Founder Robert Thompson told Eater that the group searched throughout Southern California before settling on Makers Quarter, where it will build Punch Bowl Social in the historic barrel-roofed Coliseum building which was once a famous boxing venue in the 1920s and 30s. Makers Quarter development partner Sumeet Parekh said, "Given the size and unique characteristics of the Coliseum, the Makers Quarter team had a number of high quality tenant options for the space. We ultimately selected Punch Bowl Social given their history of adaptive re-use, first class operations, and community centric atmosphere. We believe Punch Bowl Social will be a great addition to Downtown San Diego and anchor to Makers Quarter." Makers Quarter's local developers L2HP (Lankford & Associates, HP Investors, Hensel Phelps) were represented by Michael Burton of Cushman & Wakefield’s Urban Strategies Group.
The Coliseum space will now house the signature elements of Punch Bowl Social's dining and entertainment concept, which will span a 150-seat "gastro-diner", eight boutique bowling alleys, private karaoke rooms and a slew of classic games — from ping pong, darts and bocce ball to a retro arcade and wall-sized Scrabble.
Thompson said that the group would be making an announcement later this month about a new celebrity chef who will be re-engineering its Southern-influenced, from-scratch menu. As its name suggests, there will be punch bowls on the beverage side, along with an emphasis on San Diego craft beer and spirits. The indoor/outdoor adult playground will stay open until 2 a.m. seven nights a week and open at 9 a.m. on weekends for brunch; it's currently scheduled to launch by June 2017.