OZ Architecture Celebrates Grand Opening of Punch Bowl Social Sacramento

On Friday, December 15, Punch Bowl Social opened in Sacramento, California inside the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel opposite the Golden 1 Center in Downtown Commons, home of the Sacramento Kings.

OZ Architecture designed this eleventh location of Punch Bowl Social as the first one connected to a hotel, which looks directly across the plaza to the sports and entertainment arena across the way. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow guests to look out over the public plaza from the second floor. “From Punch Bowl Social, you can see right down into the Kings’ arena,” says OZ Architecture principal, Becky Stone. “It feels like you’re right in the action.”

And action there is. Spanning 24,000 square feet over two floors and an outdoor patio, Punch Bowl Social Sacramento is integrated into the first and second floors of the hotel building with the restaurant’s signature scratch kitchen, craft beverages and old-school games (and even a virtual reality lounge). OZ Architecture’s talented architecture team was able to position the Punch Bowl Social “eat-ertainment” concept between additional retail tenants below and an outdoor swimming pool for the hotel above, while the design team incorporated elements such as woven light fixtures, fruit crate ceiling details, reclaimed wood, and local art celebrating California’s farming identity, as well as the state bird (the California quail) and the state flower (the poppy) repeated throughout.

This latest location reflects a national trend toward the redevelopment of stale urban shopping centers with exciting adaptive reuse projects aimed at drawing guests back into downtown areas. By activating these outmoded urban areas and creating gathering space for people of all ages, projects like Punch Bowl Social Sacramento breathe new life into city centers.


Feature & gallery photos by Amber Boutwell of Punch Bowl Social.

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