Newington Ax Throwing Venue Looks For Approval To Serve Alcohol – Hartford Courant

Kick back, throw an ax and … have a beer in Newington?

Weeks after the town plan and zoning commission approved Merle McKenzie’s plan to open an ax throwing facility on Fenn Road, the Haddam entrepreneur is asking officials to approve a special permit to serve alcohol on site.

“The whole atmosphere is a very social thing and it lends itself very well to have a social drink or two,” McKenzie said. “It’s an ax throwing facility where you can have a beer while you hang out and play with friends. It’s like a bowling alley.”

McKenzie said he’s in the beginning stages of obtaining a liquor license from the state to serve beer, cider and wine. No spirits or mixed drinks will be served.

There aren’t going to be any yahoos getting blitzed and throwing axes around. — Merle McKenzie, owner, Montana Nights Axe Throwing Already Popular In Major Markets, Ax Throwing Could Be On Its Way To Connecticut

“You’ll have an ‘axespert’ with you at all times, so there aren’t going to be any yahoos getting blitzed and throwing axes around,” he said. “It’s actually safer than darts. Each lane is separated by walls and fencing. When you play darts anyone can walk in front of you while you’re throwing. This is a lot safer.”

McKenzie’s proposal to serve alcohol will be in front of the commission at its May 9 meeting, he said.

The commission unanimously approved McKenzie’s proposal to open the facility at 80 Fenn Road in late March. McKenzie had mentioned at that time that his proposal would not serve food or alcohol, saying, “if that comes up in the future, I guess I

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