June 28, 2018

Newington PZC OKs alcohol sales at ax-throwing site

PHOTO | Joe Cooper
PHOTO | Joe Cooper
A pine ax-throwing target at Hartford's Pine & Iron.

Connecticut's second ax-throwing venue received local approval in Newington on Wednesday to allow alcohol sales.

Merle McKenzie, owner of Montana Nights, received a special permit from Newington's Planning and Zoning Commission to allow the sale of beer, cider and wine in either cans or disposable cups at 80 Fenn Road. Liquor will not be sold.

Montana Nights will now ask the state for a tavern license to permit the sale of the three alcoholic beverages at the 7,800-square-foot space, according to site plans. The facility will become New England's largest ax-throwing facility when it opens July 27.

The commission approved the ax-throwing activity, without alcohol or food, in March. McKenzie on Thursday said he is confident the venue would receive the necessary alcohol licenses in August. Alcohol will not be permitted for sale by its July 27 opening, he said.

"With the state, it's just a matter of getting the paperwork in and waiting for approval," McKenzie said.

Ax throwing, gaining popularity nationwide, is a sport where competitors hurl an ax at a target while attempting to hit the bull's-eye for additional points. Pine & Iron ax throwing in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood was the state's first venue to open earlier this month.

McKenzie said he is currently hiring 20-plus employees at the seven-lane facility, with throwing coaches stationed at each lane. Guests under age 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

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