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New ax-throwing venue Tomahawks to open in downtown Lincoln

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

Sabrina Broderick Dec 6, 2018 Updated Dec 12, 2018


For someone new to the universe of ax throwing, it can be a surprising sight to walk into a building and see people throwing axes and drinking alcohol without hesitation. But the concept is coming soon to downtown Lincoln.


Tomahawks is a new recreational ax-throwing business, located in Lincoln’s Haymarket at 815 O Street, across the street from the Graduate Hotel. The business was created by three partners, brothers Shad Kearns and Shane Kearns and their friend Tommy Winn.


The grand opening was set for Nov. 16, but with a few construction loose ends to tie up, Tomahawks postponed. They plan to open in the next two weeks.


“We are very close,” Shane Kearns said. “We hope to have a better idea on an official opening date by the end of the week.”


Around six months ago, the three partners found themselves at a similar establishment while on a trip to Kansas City. According to Shane Kearns, they enjoyed the experience for its ability to bring people together and instantly thought this type of entertainment would be great for the Haymarket area. Once the trip ended and they returned home, the group started researching ax-throwing places and the growing trend around the U.S. Almost every major city had this type of entertainment, he said, and he saw no reason why it would not work in Lincoln.


“After putting in a lot of hard work, we are excited to bring this type of entertainment to Lincoln,” Shane Kearns said.


Shad Kearns said the Haymarket is filled with plenty of restaurants and bars but lacks actual entertainment. Though the idea of ax-throwing might seem daunting, Shad Kearns said the activity is safe and hopes customers can leave any assumptions at the door. Placing Tomahawks in the middle of Lincoln’s nightlife gives locals and visitors ages 15 and older something out of the ordinary to do while in the area.


“Tomahawks will give people the option of something to do in the Haymarket before a Huskers basketball game or before a concert, or even if you’re looking for something to do after grabbing dinner in the Haymarket,” Shad Kearns said.


For those who have little to no experience throwing axes, Tomahawks has employees who serve as professional coaches to teach customers and assist with any issues they might have. As someone who has been hooked to ax-throwing since his first time, Shane Kearns said the best part about ax-throwing is the fact that anyone can do it.


“No experience, no problem,” Shane Kearns said. “We have trained ax-throwing coaches that will help you step by step to master the craft of ax-throwing.”


Tomahawks has yet to officially open its doors, but the owners have been working for months to make sure everything, from the lanes to the bar, is perfect. While the business is focused on ax-throwing, the owners designed the space for a laid back and friendly atmosphere, complete with lounge areas and cabin-style decor.


“On paper, combining alcohol and ax-throwing sounds like a bad idea,” Shad Kearns said. “However, in a controlled atmosphere with an ax-throwing coach helping you, it’s actually an incredibly fun and safe way to spend an evening.” 


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