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Hickory Hatchet Throwing opens in Worthington

Four-lane venue offers ax and knife throwing for people ages 11 and older.

Arond and Shaila Peil, owners of the Hickory Lodge Bar and Grill in Worthington, hold a Progress Award they received Thursday afternoon from the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce for their addition of an axe throwing range.
Arond and Shaila Peil, owners of the Hickory Lodge Bar and Grill in Worthington, hold a Progress Award they received Thursday afternoon from the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce for their addition of an axe throwing range.
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WORTHINGTON — A new entertainment venue that requires skill, and perhaps a bit of good luck, opened in Worthington earlier this week.

Hickory Hatchet Throwing, located inside the Hickory Lodge Bar and Grill at Worthington’s Norwood Inn, 2015 N. Humiston Ave., features four lanes with projection-style targets and games ranging from Tic Tac Toe and Connect 4 to zombies, a duck hunt and the traditional bullseye target, all of which can be played with either axes or knives.

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Shown are three of four lanes constructed at the Hickory Lodge Bar and Grill, located inside the Norwood Inn in Worthington.
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Shaila and Arond Peil, who own and manage the Hickory Lodge, had tossed around the idea of an ax throwing room a few years ago, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the idea went on the backburner.

“We’re just trying to bring something to the community with the space,” said Shaila Peil. “Our future plans are to add more if it goes over well.”

The Peils removed a wall between the restaurant and the banquet room at Hickory Lodge to create space for the four lanes, each of which has a no-bounce border. Employees tested the games out on Monday evening, and it opened to the public on Tuesday.

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“We can do groups, and we’ve advertised for bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, birthday parties,” Peil said. “It’s good group fun.

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“Come fall, we’re hoping to do a league,” she added.

Hickory Hatchet Throwing has a variety of knives available, as well as different weights of axes — the heaviest being 1.25 pounds.

Anyone age 11 and older is welcome to try their hand at ax or knife throwing, with reservations required through Hickory Lodge’s website, hickorylodgebarandgrill.com. Reservations are in one-hour increments, with up to six people per lane. The lanes are open from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or people can call or email Hickory Lodge to request a booking outside of normal business hours.

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