A family-friendly, indoor / outdoor entertainment facility has opened in Taylor, giving new life to a strip of land that’s sat vacant for years.
Kudos Taproom and Fieldhouse, 14100 Pardee Road, offers ax throwing, football bowling, arcade games, cornhole, sand volleyball, and more.
In addition to games, Kudos also has a full bar and a menu made up of street food that can be ordered from your table with a quick scan of a QR code. Meeting rooms, such as the Lafontaine Automotive Group VIP Clubhouse, are also available to accommodate corporate or social events for up to 150 people.
The project, which costs $ 1 million and encompasses about 60,000 square feet, is the brainchild of MCM Associates, an ownership group consisting of Dean Murdoch, Jay Murdoch and Jay Cooke. It is operated by management group Parker Grant and co-owners Dave Parker and Grant Kosch. With backgrounds in hospitality and entertainment, Parker and Kosch are also proprietors of Parker Grant Hospitality, a local catering, consulting and events company with national reach.
“We wanted to create a safe, fun and secure place for families and friends to engage, gather, bond and make memories that will last a lifetime,” Parker said.
This new venue isn’t just for adults. Parker said the business prides itself on being a place that provides fun for people of all ages. They even have a “kids zone.”
“Kudos is a community hub that allows the infants, the newborns, the 2-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 8-year-olds up to grandma and everyone in between, to come in and enjoy,” he said.
Kudos is connected to the neighboring Game On Sports Center which has batting cages and basketball courts for guests to use, including the Taylor Little League World Series Championship team that used their facilities for training.
“We wanted to elaborate on that concept and just build out a complete complex for the entire family,” Parker said.
The 9,000-square-feet worth of artificial turf can be used for anything guests want, such as different games and adding projectors for music or movie nights and watching a big game, he said.
“We chose the activities based off what would work not just for Taylor, but long term for the brand itself,” Parker said. “So some of these new concepts with football bowing or ax throwing, they’re popular nationwide.”
Kudos initially will employ 50 people, officials said.
The million-dollar venue was developed on the site of the former Gander Mountain retail store, owned by members of the ownership group, and adjacent to Game On, which will be incorporated into the Kudos property and sports activity options. The site is located in the midst of the Eureka Road transformation project and in front of the new, soon-to-be-constructed Taylor High School.
“This is a corridor of renewal and new activity and we are looking forward to being a part of it,” Parker said.
Taylor Mayor Tim Woolley, state Rep. Alex Garza (D-Taylor) and other public officials were on hand for the May 21 grand opening. Wooley joined Parker in welcoming the public with some opening remarks. Opting out of the traditional ribbon-cutting, the site instead had a ceremonial first ax throw.
After some lessons from employee Hannah Wohlfeil-Melletat, Woolley, Garza, and other public officials got the rhythm down and were able to get some good throws in.
“I have spent a lot of time up north growing up and stuff, so I may have thrown a hatchet or two in my life,” Woolley said. “I’m happy to say my first throw was just a little above the bullseye.”
He said he enjoyed the opening festivities and plans to return as a customer.
“I kind of call it a playground for adults,” Woolley said. “There’s a lot of different things to do to just go in there and have fun outside the normal. … It’s definitely a new concept and I think hopefully it’ll be successful. ”
Estimating annual revenues of $ 3.5 million to $ 5.5 million, the Kudos team said it plans to replicate the concept outstate and nationwide with, initially, additional sites currently being considered in Lansing and Grand Rapids.
Kudos is open from 11 am to 11 pm Mondays through Thursdays and from 11 am to midnight Fridays through Sundays.
For more information, visit kudosthegoat.com.