Punch Bowl Social Stapleton will not reopen following coronavirus shutdown

A unique Denver restaurant that was two years in the making, two years running and two months closed due to coronavirus will not reopen its doors.

Denver-based Punch Bowl Social — the restaurant, bowling alley, arcade and karaoke bar in-one — on Tuesday announced its Stapleton location’s permanent closure.

The 32,000-square foot entertainment destination opened in 2017 at the site of the former Stapleton Airport and beneath the old air traffic control tower. After standing vacant for more than 20 years, the building was expanded in 2016 specifically for Punch Bowl Social’s use.

In a statement released Tuesday, Punch Bowl Social founder and CEO Robert Thompson said the closure comes after he failed to reach a new lease agreement with his landlord in Stapleton. Thompson said the chain’s Schaumburg, Ill. outpost will not reopen for the same reason.

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But the original Denver Punch Bowl Social on South Broadway will be back, according to the release, as will the company’s other Chicago-area location, though no reopening date was specified for either. Punch Bowl Social’s website lists 18 active locations around the country. All have been closed since March 15.