Like throwing footballs? Baseballs? How about axes?

The company behind Columbus Axe Throwing on Busch Boulevard in Columbus is opening a "throw bar" in Dublin.

Marty Lee Parker, owner of Axe Throwing LLC, a company he said he will rename to Throw Nation LLC, said he plans to open Throw Nation on Dec. 14 at 6649 Dublin Center Drive.

Columbus Axe Throwing opened in March 2017, and Ragnarok in Powell opened in February and was open about six to eight months.

Parker said he decided to close Ragnarok because it was a place holder for Throw Nation.

He still is determining whether Columbus Axe Throwing will stay open, he said.

Parker said he is leasing an 8,000 square foot facility for Throw Nation.

The project is an investment of "hundreds of thousands" of dollars, he said.

Dublin made sense as a place to locate the business, he said, because gaming and amusement competitors such as Pins Mechanical Co. -- in the Bridge Street District -- were already there.

The Bridge Street District is becoming a hub for active entertainment and night life, Parker said.

Activities at Throw Nation will include ax throwing, foot bowling (in which a football is thrown at bowling pins), "beersbie" (in which a plastic disc is thrown at a can set on top of a PVC pipe) and "baseballs and teacups."

In the latter game, players get to throw baseballs at teacups and plates made of plastic after correctly answering themed questions. Whereas ax throwing will remain on the list of games, the rest of the games will rotate to feature new types of activities, Parker said.

Alcohol will be served on the premises, but Parker said participants are not allowed to be drunk while playing games and could be kicked out for displaying a lack of respect.

Reservations also are required for ax throwing as well as a majority of the other activities, he said.

"You cannot get anywhere near the axes unless you have permission," he said.

During the ax-throwing game, a staff member, known as an "axpert" gives players permission to throw the axe and retrieve it, Parker said.

"That's what keeps it safe," he said.

Dublin City Council members at their Aug. 27 meeting, with the exception of Christina Alutto, who was absent, all voted to request a public hearing with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for the transfer of liquor permits from Corporate Caterers, at 6665 Dublin Center Drive, to Axe Throwing LLC, citing concerns about the safety of ax throwing while consuming alcohol. Councilman John Reiner said he had done ax throwing before and would not have a problem with the license as long as safety measures were in place.

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