PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL is new concept venue opening this Saturday at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City! The Your Cre8tivity boys (-Terry) sit down with their CEO Robert Thompson to talk where he started in the food business.
We also talk about the ‘highs and lows,’ of developing a sound business concept and how he eventually created the: Punch Bowl Social.
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As a 20-something bartender and waiter in the early 1990’s, Robert Thompson bounced from the US to the UK, gaining experience in restaurants and pubs where he sowed the seeds for his future passion. In 1997 at the age of 26, Robert opened his first restaurant, a dual concept called Buffalo Billiards & Havana Lounge in Nashville, launching what would become a lifelong career in hospitality.
Punch Bowl Social was imagined by Robert Thompson after an extensive career of conceptualizing and operating both large-format experiential food and beverage concepts and independent boutique restaurants. Following the successful openings of nine different restaurant concepts, Robert began to actualize his vision for Punch Bowl Social early 2010 but it took three years of real estate searches, design iterations and funding discussions before the first location opened in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood in November 2012. With lines around the block starting on day one, it was clear that Punch Bowl Social had struck a chord with young diners and drinkers seeking something authentic and out-of-the-ordinary. Since then, Robert and his team have opened 15 locations across the US and employ more than 2,500 team members. Each new Punch Bowl Social is designed specifically for the local market with an atmosphere that perfectly aligns with its brand personality. By the end of 2019, Punch Bowl Social will open another eight new locations in cities including Dallas, Miami and Washington, D.C.
In 2017, Ernst & Young recognized Robert’s contribution to the hospitality industry by naming him a recipient of the prestigious Entrepreneur of The Year® 2017 award in the Mountain Desert region and he was recently named as a ColoradoBiz Magazine CEO of the Year finalist. Punch Bowl Social has been honored by a number of awards and recognition including Fast Company’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World 2019, Fast Company’s #1 Most Innovative Company in the Gaming Sector 2019, Fast Company Magazine’s Most Innovative Companies in the World 2018, 2018 Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concept, 2018 Restaurant Business Future 50, 2018 Chain Store Age’s Breakout Retailer, 2017 & 2018 Inc. 5000 list of fasting-growing private companies in America, Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2017 Next 20 Brands to Watch and as one of their 2015 Breakout Brands.
Born in Mississippi, Robert still loves traveling to explore the roots of southern cuisine, adding to his collection of tweed vests, going for long, mind-clearing runs and spending every free moment with his wife, Mia and their sons.
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