The restored facade of Brooklyn BowlPunch Bowl Social in the West Loop.
All the work that went into preserving the historic facade at West Fulton and North Peoria in the West Loop’s Fulton market District isn’t for Brooklyn Bowl, as it turns out. The space, which looks nearly complete, will now be occupied by Punch Bowl Social.
That’s the news we got from Eater Chicago last week. A quick walk around the facility this week shows a venue that looks close to being open; the Punch Bowl Social website says to expect it in 2017. And remember, 2017 is less than three weeks away.
You can see from here, still some work to do on the top level.
It’s been six weeks since OKW Architects gave us that sneak peek behind the curtain at Brooklyn Bowl in the West Loop. That view, showing the inner walls to the two preserved facades facing south and west, still showed some scaffolding through the windows. But all that is gone now, and we can finally get a good look at the work W.E.O’Neil has done on the exterior. Sure, the blue supports looked cool in afternoon sunlight, but the restored brickwork looks much nicer. See for yourself:
Looking at the corner of Fulton and Peoria.
This is the west facade along Peoria Street.
Fulton facade #1…
This gem sits high atop the corner of Fulton and Peoria.
Looking west on West Fulton.
Never forget how all those supports gleamed in the sun.
The facade, from inside.
Here’s a rendering from Convexity Properties of what Brooklyn Bowl will look like when complete.
The historic facade that Brooklyn Bowl saved, and will integrate into the new facility.
There’s no time to spare. Brooklyn Bowl, coming to the West Loop at 832 West Fulton Market, has been in the works for years, and developer Convexity Properties had hoped of opening in 2015. That frame ended up a gutter ball. But Brooklyn Bowl is rolling right down the center of the lane again.
A rendering of the new Brooklyn Bowl from Convexity Properties.
W.E. O’Neil, the general contractor on the project, has been toiling away since last summer, when the century-plus-old cold storage buildings came down. All except for two walls, that is. Historic Preservation architects AltusWorks, tasked with preserving the facades, left two walls up — one along Fulton Market, one along Peoria Street — and will rebuild the portions they disassembled.
Designed by the West Loop’s own OKW Architects, Brooklyn Bowl will be a three-story building: the ground floor will be retail, while the second and third floors will comprise the bowing lanes and entertainment/event spaces. There will also be one level below grade for parking.
All the pretty blue supports are gone now.
The view of Brooklyn Bowl form the buildingupchicago office.