It looks like ax-throwing bars are trending in South Florida.
The 5,400-square-foot sports bar and ax-throwing facility is scheduled to open this summer in Pompano Beach. Expect a full kitchen, beer, wine, and 14 ax-throwing lanes.
Jeff Morford, who calls himself the bar's chief executive "axepert," says ax throwing is gaining popularity throughout the country. "It's one of the hottest growing sports." The ax maven calls it a new concept in recreational sports. "It's how bowling alleys started."
The assistant principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School says the first time he threw an ax, he was hooked. "I got to learn from one of the top four ranked throwers in the world. It's a great feeling when an ax goes into the target."
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Morford says throwing coaches will be available for newbies. "You'll come in and sign a waiver. Your coach will take you to your lane and address safety issues and throwing techniques. The coach will be there with you the entire time." All equipment is provided, and the only requirement is that ax throwers must wear closed-toe shoes.
After throwing, guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy a meal and a few beers with friends. Says Morford: "I'm not interested in being just a sports bar — there are plenty of those around. Our facility is designed for people to have a good time, throw, and have something to eat and drink." The bar will offer a mix of local and nonlocal craft beers. A food menu is being developed.
The assistant principal didn't want to discuss the horrific shooting at his school February 14 that rocked the world. He did, however, say that working on the bar has given him something to do to move forward. "It's motivated me to be able to focus on other things. My job at Stoneman Douglas has always been my first priority. This project has helped me to heal."
Axe Throwing Society. 1301 W. Copans Rd., Pompano Beach; axethrowingsociety.com. Opening summer 2018.