Dueling Axes planned near New Albany

SARAH SOLE
ThisWeekNEWS.com
A Dueling Axes ax-throwing bar is coming to northeast Columbus, just outside New Albany.  This is a photo of a lane and target at the Dueling Axes location at 309 S. Fourth St. in downtown Columbus that opened in June 2018.

A Dueling Axes ax-throwing bar is coming to northeast Columbus, just outside New Albany.

Jess Hellmich, who owns Dueling Axes with business partners Paul Sherry and Peter Wittmann, said the location would open in November in the Plaza at Hamilton Quarter at 5780 N. Hamilton Road in Columbus. The Hamilton Quarter mixed-use development is on the border of New Albany.

Dueling Axes also has a location at 309 S. Fourth St. in downtown Columbus that opened in June 2018, Hellmich said. Many families and double daters, as well as bachelor and bachelorette parties, have been visiting during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, he said.

The downtown Columbus location operates with reservations, and group sizes are limited because of the pandemic, he said. The new location will operate similarly, he said.

Hellmich said the owners chose Hamilton Quarter to be closer to young professionals and families.

The New Albany community and surrounding area in northeast Columbus also are rich in corporate businesses, as well, he said. Before the pandemic, businesses often held holiday parties and team-building events at the downtown Columbus Dueling Axes, he said.

“New Albany was really interesting to us mostly for those reasons,” he said.

A Dueling Axes ax-throwing bar is coming to northeast Columbus, just outside New Albany. This is a rendering of the interior of the new location in the Plaza at Hamilton Quarter at 5780 North Hamilton Road.

A business such as Dueling Axes appeals to a wide range of people, including millennials, said Cherie Nelson, executive director of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce.

The business model gives visitors the opportunity to do something outside the norm, she said.

“It’s novel; it’s different,” Nelson said.

Although New Albany residents often had to drive to downtown Columbus in the past for date or family night activities, that no longer is the case, Nelson said. The businesses in and around Hamilton Quarter were designed to create a mini entertainment complex, she said.

“It’s right in our backyard,” she said.

For more information, go to theduelingaxes.com.

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