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Inside Ferndale’s New Board Game Bar and Ax-Throwing Venue

The multi-level entertainment complex debuts on December 11

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

The former Local Kitchen & Bar building in Ferndale officially makes the transition next week into a more casual board game bar and ax-throwing venue. The Corner and Detroit Axe are poised for a grand opening on December 11 at 344 West Nine Mile Rd.

Local’s partners Brian Siegel and Geoff Kretchmer are responsible with the revamp, which combines several entertainment venues into a single space. Birmingham-based architect Ron Rea of Ron & Roman was also tapped develop the look of The Corner.

Customers can expect to find several distinct spaces folded into The Corner’s layout. The bar made a point to preserve the floor-to-ceiling fireplace from Local by incorporating it into a “family room”-style lounge area that’s filled out with couches, chairs, and four-tops with seats for 50 people. Additionally the bar houses several party rooms for groups and a 3,000-square-foot space called the Game Room that’s stocked with more than 1,000 games. Patrons can also belly up at the 27-seat bar.

On the second level, visitors can find the much touted 12-lane ax-throwing venue as well as a few old-school arcade games.

The smoked, bricked half chicken.
Courtesy of The Corner

Chefs Jeremy Kalmus (Forest Grill, Local Kitchen & Bar,) and Travis Waynick (Chef's Table XII, Rochester Tap Room) were brought in to consult on the menu alongside general manager Ric Jewel, Siegel, and Kretchmer. Customers can expect a variety of dishes on the list such as shareable skillet cornbread with New Mexico-style green chile, smoked-bricked chicken, and french dip sandwiches. Food will be available to people at both The Corner and Detroit Axe.

From the bar, look out for a wide selection of Michigan beers and ciders as well as cocktails and daily punch. Booze consumption will, for obvious reasons, be strictly policed on the Detroit Axe level with a one drink-per-hour limit.

Photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard took a tour of the new entertainment complex ahead of its official debut. Get a sneak peek at the menu and updated restaurant space in the gallery below.

The Corner is located at 344 West Nine Mile Rd in Ferndale; the bar will open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, closed Tuesday; expanded lunch and brunch service are also in the works; reserve by calling 248-291-5650. Website.

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