Axe throwing could be coming to O’Fallon is a bill [No. 7132] sponsored by council members Jeff Kuehn and Dr. Jim Ottomeyer [both of Ward 4] receives an affirmative vote at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting.
The bill proposes a conditional use permit [CUP] for Gadell Global LLC, of Fenton, to operate an indoor axe-throwing recreational facility at 1240 Bryan Road, in the vacant end unit of the Hillman Farm Plaza strip mall. The location is just south of the Walgreens store located at the intersection of Bryan and Mexico roads and is the former location of Anytime Fitness. The city’s planning and zoning commission recommended approval.
The proposed business, The Axe House, would be considered a “commercial, recreational use not elsewhere listed – indoor” and would require a conditional use permit in the C2/General Business District zoning district. The proposed CUP would be revoked upon breach or failure to comply with the conditions of the permit, if disciplinary action or other actions affect the holder’s state or city licenses, if activities are deemed to disturb the peace, if the business ceases operation for one year or as otherwise provided by ordinance or other applicable law.
Customers of The Axe House would be able to throw axes, ninja stars and cards at targets. Patrons would be able to bring beer and wine only onto the premises under a BYOB liquor license. No alcohol would be sold by the business. The company says it has built-in strict safety protocols as well as procedures to monitor and cut off alcohol consumption.
The Axe House will be a firefighter-owned and -operated facility, the same as other Axe House locations already operating in Valley Park and Columbia, Missouri.
The business would operate on Fridays and Saturdays from noon-11 p.m., and on Sundays from noon- 8 p.m. The applicant has stated that it might want to conduct tournament events on the property, which would partially take place in the parking lot. Such an event would require a temporary use permit at the time of the event.
Several other axe throwing businesses already are open and operating in the metro St. Louis area, including one in O’Fallon and others in Cottleville, Ballwin, Valley Park and St. Louis City. Some provide food and beverages, while others allow BYOB. Most advertise axe-throwing as a team-building event.
The World Axe Throwing League [WATL] conducts a World Axe Throwing Championship, with the next one scheduled for 2020. The Axe House currently is on the short-list for participation. WATL has 130 member affiliates in 19 countries. The top 64 axe throwers in the world will compete in the championship.
The National Axe Throwing Federation [NATF] currently has 6,000 league members in 85 cities and six countries. It also conducts an annual championship tournament that includes rounds across nine competitive regions. The Wilson Cup goes to the national winner.