Over Labor Day weekend, Blade & Timber, Kansas City’s only axe-throwing experience, closed its original West Bottoms location and reopened in a new space inside the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City.
The new flagship occupies the space that was formerly home to Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, offering 11 axe-throwing lanes along with darts and other games that can be enjoyed with a solid selection of regional beers, quality wines and cocktails.
Also new to the mix is a full-service restaurant inside the space, which boasts a hearty food menu created by James Beard Award semifinalist Taylor Petrehn, chef and co-owner of 1900 Barker Bakery & Café in Lawrence, Kansas.
“Matt Baysinger, co-founder of Blade & Timber, was a major investor in getting my bakery open in Lawrence, and he did it because he believed in me,” says Petrehn. “So, when he asked me if I would consult on the creation of his new menu at Blade & Timber, it was my pleasure to return the favor and invest in his dream.”
For his first time consulting on a menu, Petrehn hit the bullseye. The new food menu features four entrees and a few sides in addition to a thick, rich Liége waffle with blueberry maple syrup or honey-marshmallow dipping sauce for dessert. Guests can easily make a meal for one or feed a large group by mixing and matching the options available. Petrehn says his favorite dish is the chicken sandwich that comes grilled or fried on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, pickled red onions and Blade & Timber mayo made with lemon and dill. “Chicken and waffles is a close second because the waffle is made from a brioche-like dough, so it is really light. It comes with fried chicken tenders, chipotle honey sauce to dip them into and a simple Southern slaw,” he says.
Blade & Timber is a homegrown Kansas City-based company owned by Baysinger and co-founder Ryan Henrich, who together have more than 21 years in the entertainment business. Blade & Timber operates six locations across the country including a second Kansas City-area location at Town Center in Leawood, Kansas. Under their parent company, Swell Spark, the partners have created Blade & Timber along with Breakout KC, an escape room that started in the River Market that also has a second location at Park Place in Leawood. Headquartered in Kansas City, Swell Spark has more than 200 employees and is a company to watch in the entertainment world.
“We are excited to continue growing our brand nationally while staying true to our Kansas City roots. The Power & Light District allows us to be in the middle of Kansas City’s premier entertainment and tourism arena,” says Henrich.
Blade & Timber is willing to teach anyone ages 10 and up how to throw an axe to get the most points, with each guest receiving a one-on-one lesson by a Blade & Timber safety-certified axe coach. The coaches will remain present throughout the 1.5-hour axe throwing experience, teaching trick shots, new axe-throwing games and maintaining safety at all times. If the first few weeks at Power & Light have been any indication, there are plenty of people interested in learning the fine art of axe-throwing.
“We work each day to bring friends, families and co-workers together for an unforgettable experience,” says Baysinger. “This new location is a huge step in creating a full-service experience for the downtown and surrounding communities.”
Blade & Timber, 1303 Baltimore Ave., Power & Light District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.343.8489, bladeandtimber.com