Punch Bowl Social has landed on Fast Company’s 2018 edition of World’s Most Innovative Companies for “modernizing the gaming center with scratch cooking and a late-night club vibe.”
Founded by entrepreneur Robert Thompson, Punch Bowl Social has forged an entirely new “eatertainment” category, pairing social gaming with a primary focus on culinary and craft beverage operations.
The millennial-focused brand disrupts the traditional restaurant dining experience and raises the bar for the industry with its high-integrity culinary program and diner-inspired menu created by the company’s culinary partner, James Beard Award-winning chef and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson. Craft beverages, including the establishment’s signature punch program, and social activities like shuffleboard, Ping Pong, marbles bowling, and skee ball, create an interactive experiences for guests in a unique environment.
“We are honored and humbled to be selected by Fast Company as one of this year’s most innovative companies,” Thompson says. “To be recognized among the likes of Amazon and Apple is extraordinary. Our vision has always been to create a lifestyle brand, to innovate and evolve in our industry by creating a guest experience that’s communal, experiential and social.”
Punch Bowl Social currently has 11 locations across the country and plans to open six new locations this year, including Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and the Washington, D.C., metro area.