A Haymarket ax-throwing business seeking to get a liquor license after a failed bid last year received the Lincoln City Council's conditional blessing Monday.
The council recommended state liquor regulators approve a one-year probationary license for Tomahawks, 815 O St., but limit ax throwers to only two beers while hurling hatchets.
Tomahawks opened in late 2018 but failed to receive approval for a liquor license from the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.
Commissioners denied the request for a beer-only license over concerns the owners, Shane and Shad Kearns, concealed criminal convictions in their application.
The Kearns brothers had failed to report past convictions, which, no matter how minor, must be disclosed on a state application form for a liquor license.
Lincoln City Council members recommended the state deny the license, and that recommendation proved a key factor for liquor commissioners.
Mike Kelley, the business's attorney, said his clients' youthful indiscretion and ignorance of the liquor license process led to the problems the first time.
"They just didn’t understand the seriousness of this application," Kelley said.
Kelley said Monday the owners plan to use breathalyzers for throwers and possibly for those showing signs of intoxication, and they don't believe beer consumption will be the primary focus of customers.
"It’s more supervised than a bowling alley or a pool hall," Kelley said.
The Liquor Control Commission had granted similar liquor licenses to ax-throwing lanes elsewhere in Lincoln and Omaha.
Earlier this year, the City Council recommended the state lift a two-beer limit on consumption at Craft Axe Throwing, 1821 N St.
Kelley said Tomahawks would be OK with any conditions the council saw fit.
Councilwoman Jane Raybould proposed the council enact the two-beer limit and probationary period on Tomahawks just like it did for Craft Axe in the interest of fairness.
Though Councilman Roy Christensen thought the two-beer limit unnecessary, he joined the rest of the council in unanimously approving the restrictions.
The Liquor Control Commission will review the application and approve the license unless issues arise.
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