A family-friendly indoor/outdoor entertainment center has opened in Taylor, breathing new life into a strip of land that has sat vacant for years.
Kudos Taproom and Fieldhouse, 14100 Pardee Road, offers ax throwing, football, arcade games, cornhole, sand volleyball and more.
In addition to games, Kudos also has a full bar and street food menu that can be ordered to your table with a quick scan of a QR code. Meeting rooms, such as the Groupe automobile Lafontaine’s VIP pavilion, are also available to host corporate or social events for up to 150 people.
The project, which cost $1 million and covers approximately 60,000 square feet, is the brainchild of MCM Associates, an ownership group made up of Dean Murdoch, Jay Murdoch and Jay Cooke. It is operated by Parker Grant Management Group and co-owners Dave Parker and Grant Kosch. With a background in hospitality and entertainment, Parker and Kosch also own Parker Grant Hospitality, a local catering, consulting and national events business.
“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 place is not just for adults. Parker said the company prides itself on being a place of entertainment for people of all ages. They even have a “kids zone”.
“Kudos is a community center that allows infants, newborns, 2-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 8-year-olds up to grandma and everyone else to come in and enjoy,” he said. -he declares.
Kudos is connected to the nearby Game On Sports Center which has batting cages and basketball courts for guests, including the Taylor Little League World Series championship team who have used its facilities for practice.
“We wanted to expand on that concept and just build a complete resort for the whole family,” Parker said.
The 9,000 square foot artificial turf can be used for anything customers want, such as different games and adding projectors for music or movie nights and watching a big game, he said.
“We chose activities based on what would work not just for Taylor, but in the long run for the brand itself,” Parker said. “So some of these new concepts with the soccer bow or the ax throwing, they’re popular across the country.”
Kudos will initially employ 50 people, officials said.
The million-dollar site 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 integrated into the Kudos property and options sports activities. The site is located in the middle of the Eureka Road transformation project and opposite the new, soon to be built Taylor High School.
“This is a corridor of renewal and new activity and we look forward to being part of it,” Parker said.
Taylor Mayor Tim Woolley, State Rep. Alex Garza (D-Taylor) and other officials were on hand for the May 21 dedication. Wooley joined Parker in welcoming the audience with some opening remarks. Forgoing the traditional ribbon cutting, the site instead held a first ceremonial ax throwing.
After a few lessons from employee Hannah Wohlfeil-Melletat, Woolley, Garza and the other officials slowed the pace and were able to make some good throws.
“I spent a lot of time up north growing up and stuff, so I might have thrown a hatchet or two into my life,” Woolley said. “I’m happy to say my first pitch was just a little over the target.”
He said he enjoyed the opening festivities and planned to return as a guest.
“I kind of call it an adult playground,” Woolley said. “There are a lot of different things to do to go out there and have fun outside of normal. … It’s definitely a new concept and I hope it will be a success.
Estimating annual revenue of $3.5 million to $5.5 million, the Kudos team said it plans to replicate the concept out-of-state and nationally with, initially , additional sites currently being considered in Lansing and Grand Rapids.
Kudos is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday.
For more information, visit kudosthegoat.com.