Detroit Axe and Event Center to Open in Ferndale in November


Axe throwing, a phenomenon made popular in Canada and spreading throughout the United States, will soon be in full operation at Detroit Axe in Ferndale. Located on the second floor of The Corner Tavern and Game Room at 344 West Nine Mile Rd., Detroit Axe will feature 12 lanes where competitors throw hatchets at wooden targets, as well as a variety of classic bar games, including pinball, darts, shuffleboard, bumper pool, and traditional arcade games.

The restaurant will also feature a full bar, fine-casual fare from the Corner Tavern downstairs, and an in-house doughnut machine. The venue will accommodate groups from six to 160 people.

Entrees will include updated versions of sandwiches like the French Dip and chicken cutlet, entrée salads including cashew, kale, and smoked chicken, shared plates like cornbread and macaroni and cheese, and mini doughnuts for dessert. The restaurant itself will also include an entertainment component, featuring more than 600 board games and a bar with giant versions of Scrabble and Jenga.

“We’re excited to be the first dedicated axe throwing facility in metropolitan Detroit,” says Brian Siegel, partner of Detroit Axe. “Once my business partner Geoff Kretchmer and I experienced this insane activity, we knew that we had to bring axe throwing to our hometown.”

Siegel and Kretchmer collectively own and operate several entertainment-based businesses, including Star Trax Events and Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse. The pair are converting the former Local Kitchen and Bar and Events Center to house the next two neighborhood-focus concepts.

“Ferndale is the perfect community in which to introduce Detroit Axe as well as our neighborhood restaurant, Corner Tavern and Game Room,” says Kretchmer, a partner of Detroit Axe. “Both concepts are designed for groups and couples looking for a fun night out, or a company-wide activity. And once you try axe throwing, you will be surprised at how addictive and challenging it can be.”

More information can be found here.

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