Downtown Development Digest | Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social has recently announced its expansion into downtown Austin, and is expecting to open its doors February 2019.

Punch Bowl Social has recently announced its expansion into downtown Austin, and is expecting to open its doors around February 2019.

This will be Austin’s second Punch Bowl Social location, with the first being at The Domain. The Denver-based, entertainment restaurant chain has made a name for itself across the country. With their overloaded restaurants also being home to vintage arcade games, karaoke rooms, bowling alleys, virtual reality experiences, table games and bars, these eatery’s are practically a grown-up’s ideal playground!

Punch Bowl Social has taken a stance on being a place for people to come and be themselves. The restaurant chain believes in the “dirty modern mash up of chandeliers, food for foodies, PBR tallboys and craft beverages,” as well as “brunch turning into a bowling party and bowling parties turning into all-you-can-sing karaoke.” You can expect the general atmosphere of these locations to offer a full-range experience of unequalled music, food, games, beverages and exploration. Their mission is to provide an environment tailored for each person’s desired “going out” experience.

In 2012 The Punch Bowl Social originally opened in Denver, and since then has expanded to 12 locations across the country with several more coming soon. Austin’s new establishment will be located within the Scarbrough Building at 522 Congress Avenue and 6th Street. Robert Thompson, founder and CEO, revealed his reasoning behind choosing this building: its historical value, Chicago-style architecture, Art Deco details and, not to mention, the building’s prime location in the heart of Austin.

One of the up-and-coming downtown location’s most differentiating features is a “more Texas- and Tex-Mex menu,” according to Hugh Acheson, a James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, Top Chef judge and Punch Bowl Social’s culinary partner. The approach to creating this menu has been based on the anticipation of engulfing the nation’s culinary landscape in its entirety.

Although February 2019 may seem a ways away, we’re always looking forward to experiencing downtown Austin’s newest additions!

Culinary Curiosity | REVUE

101 Red River St.

Journey through four distinct culinary worlds that come together for a vibrant and colorful dining experience. Revue’s unique approach to cuisine is defined by its diversity and includes the timeless cuisine of Italy, the epicurean and cultural complexities of Asia, and the delicacies of the Sea, topped off with delicious treats from the artisanal Pastry shop. Revue emphasizes on sourcing and preparing locally grown and made products in all aspects of this communal and shareable restaurant that truly has something for everyone.


Culinary Curiosity | Cannon + Belle

Cannon + Belle
500 E 4th St

With a guilding belief in taking risks, Cannon + Belle features a menu that both preserves and subverts Texas’ culinary culture. Think comfort food that selectively (and artistically) breaks the rules. Here, you’ll find kombucha on-tap, clean greens, and fresh-squeezed juice — but you’ll also find a carbs bar. Led by the fearless, meticulous Chef Peter Maffei, this place defines inspired food, inspired space, and inspired service.

Downtown Development Digest | Fareground

Fareground, Austin’s newest addition to its flourishing downtown dining scene, is defying the city’s culinary odds and expectations.

Austin’s first food hall is officially open, as of January 18, 2018. Located at the corner of 2nd Street and Congress, and featured under the same roof of an Austin icon, Fareground offers an array of local food and drink options from the city’s best chefs and restaurants.

From Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Contigo, Dai Due Taqueria, Easy Tiger, Henbit and Ni-Kome Sushi + Ramen, to the Fareground Bar (and another bar coming soon: Jewel Box), the indoor-outdoor eatery is built into the below-ground atrium of One Eleven Congress. This new gem is where community meets culinary.

What about the Austinites on the move? At the street level, drinks and a sampling of Fareground vendors will be available at a grab-and-go station.This innovative service is projected to arrive Spring 2018.The idea to reinvent and repurpose One Eleven Congress stemmed from a vision to better suit the modern Austinite. 

Fareground’s collaborative nature was designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and the plan to feature a united-eatery was coordinatedby ELM Restaurant Group, an Austin-based team behind Irene’s, 24 Diner and Easy Tiger. Their intentions were to create the opportunity for today’s Austinites to get the most out of their beloved downtown and to get it all in one place.

The subterranean food hall is open daily from breakfast through dinner hours. So whether an early riser or late nighter, you too can experience what’s happening next in Austin.

Check out more at Fairgroundaustin.com

Culinary Curiosity | Flower Child

500 W 2nd Street

Flower Child’s fundamental promise is to serve healthy food for a happy world. All of their proteins are raised naturally, without additives, and local sourcing is a priority. Couple the incredibly fresh food with their remarkably quick service, and you’ve cooked up a great new addition to the neighborhood!


Culinary Curiosity | Holy Roller: Brunch Done Right

Holy Roller
509 Rio Grande Austin, TX 78701

Holy Roller’s downtown diner will serve up a mishmash menu of nostalgic breakfast and brunch-centric fare, will turn out fresh, hot biscuits and pastries, mouthwatering egg dishes, sandwiches, stunning plates, and devilish desserts.

Open daily for breakfast with coffee and counter service, followed by lunch and dinner. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday. Holy Roller after dark, will have late-night options at the bar on Friday and Saturday, complete with up unforgettable cocktails and a creatively curated list of craft beers and wines – all offered in an atmosphere full of grit and attitude that will keep you coming back.