The Atlanta Braves and their development partners have shuffled the food and entertainment lineup a bit outside the new SunTrust Park with a new social club concept that includes celebrity chef Hugh Acheson as a partner.
The Braves said Tuesday that Punch Bowl Social, a games and fine dining concept, will join The Battery entertainment district in September. The “eat, drink play” or “eatertainment” concept will replace the previously announced Kings Bowl retro bowling and high-end food and drink concept.
The concept joins Antico Pizza, Wahlburgers and a Terrapin Beer-themed taproom and microbrewery at the entertainment district next to the new ballpark near Cumberland Mall. Much of the Battery’s first phase is expected to open in time for the Braves’ inaugural season at SunTrust Park.
Punch Bowl Social will open in a 27,000-square-foot space previously slated for Kings Bowl. The space will feature eight bowling lanes, private karaoke rooms, a bocce court and rooftop patio.
Punch Bowl Social has locations in its hometown of Denver, as well as Austin, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Portland and near Chicago.
“The Atlanta Braves have one of the most impressive histories in Major League Baseball,” Punch Bowl Social CEO Robert Thompson said in a news release. “We’re obviously thrilled to count them among our new neighbors and have no doubt that The Battery Atlanta, with its promise of an elevated live, work, play environment and game day excitement, will quickly become one of the most popular destinations.”
Acheson, the chef behind Empire State South and Athens’ 5 & 10, is also a author of cookbooks and judge on “Top Chef.”
He joined Punch Bowl Social as a “culinary partner” last year, developing the chain’s menu.
Mike Plant, the Braves president of development, said in the release that the Battery development, which will include high-end apartments, restaurants, office space and an Omni hotel, “will bring a new standard of living to the Atlanta market.
“To support this vision, it was critical that we seek out partner tenants capable of delivering exceptional experiences to a wide audience,” he said. “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Punch Bowl Social to the neighborhood.”
Other previously announced tenants at the Battery include:
• Dress Up, a women’s fashion boutique
• Mountain High Outfitters, a specialty outdoors merchant
• A Harley-Davidson apparel store, the first in metro Atlanta
• Sugarboo, a gift boutique
• Goldbergs Bagel Co. & Deli.
• Antico Pizza
• Cru Food and Wine Bar
• El Felix
• Terrapin Taproom featuring Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
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