Just weeks after selectors voted full liquor privilege for a new recreational ax throwing club in Patriot Place, board members granted Crazy Axes permission to replace a conventionally-served bar. by a self-pouring beer and wine station.
The station will be located on the first floor of the soon-to-open Crazy Axes, in an area serving the main ax throwing lanes, and will dispense a selection of eight different drinks, according to Thomas Miller, an attorney. with Boston law firm McDermott, Quilty & Miller.
Explaining the change of plans to selectors on Sept. 13, Miller claimed a self-serve model would provide more scrutiny than a conventional bar setup, while reducing the possibility of overserving customers.
Miller said that upon arrival, customers will receive a programmable plastic card offering them two installments at the self-serve station. Cards can be “reloaded” to allow for additional purchases, but only by professional staff trained to assess the sobriety of customers – especially those who participate or will participate in ax throwing.
“There will be a lot of personnel on the floor,” Miller said. “So they will be watching and making sure no one is handing out drinks.”
Under permits granted to Crazy Axes last month, only beer and wine can be served on the first floor, which has been designed with 14 throwing lanes, each with two targets. Meanwhile, hard liquor will be available in a second-floor area with a four-target VIP shooting range.
Lanes are usually separated by plywood and wire mesh safety dividers, and axes, when not in use, will be stored in a safe place and not left unattended in vacant lanes.
City Manager William Keegan said about half a dozen establishments in the Bay State currently use stand-alone pouring systems, while agreeing that the new technology offers better controls than serving bars conventional.
“It would be hard to get into a situation where you were overserved without someone watching you and allowing you to do it,” Keegan said.
Admitting he was surprised when he first learned of the proposal, Police Chief Michael Chief said further research had allayed his fears. In particular, he likened the use of personnel monitors to a police field sobriety test.
“It’s almost like a double-checking system,” Grace observed.
The new club, located in a two-level space formerly occupied by the 5 Wits immersive adventure experience, is slated to open after the Thanksgiving holiday.
In a related matter, elected officials also last week granted an all-alcohol license to Fat Tuesday, a proposed on-site dining establishment at 26 Patriot Place, next to Cupcake Charlie’s.
Also representing the Louisiana-based specialty drink chain, Miller characterized Fat Tuesday as a growing business with 40 locations in the United States and abroad, adding that the Patriot Place storefront would be the company’s first location. in New England.
He said the menu is renowned for its frozen, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, with a handful of sandwich and pizza menu options.
“It’s a drink that gets enjoyed over time,” Miller suggested. “It’s not consumed quickly.”
As per company policy, he has pledged that every customer will be asked for ID and only one drink can be purchased at a time.
Given the small footprint – allowing only 20-30 seats – selectors chair Leah Gibson suggested success would hinge on the so-called DORA (designated outdoor refreshment areas) permitted earlier this year at Patriot Place.
The program allows customers to purchase takeout and alcohol from restaurants, hotels and other locations that can be consumed outdoors in designated walking areas from noon to 9:30 p.m.
“The premise of this is kind of a grip,” Gibson said of the Fat Tuesday model. ” Is it correct ? »
In response to these and other concerns, Grace called Fat Tuesday “low intensity” compared to most Patriot Place establishments, while also calling “Project DORA” a success.
The new facility is expected to open by the end of 2022, Miller said.