Ax throwing, virtual reality, sports bar to fill Cape’s family entertainment center

John Hendricks, owner of the Book Rack, has high hopes for the changes

Cape Girardeau will soon be home to a new entertainment complex you’ll be able to visit on a Heartland Weekend.

Andy Patel, a Cape Girardeau businessman, is redeveloping 10-acres in the northeast corner of the Town Plaza.

The $2 million project includes renovations to the building that to house The Venue.

The space will now be called the Dogwood Social House.

Call it a family entertainment complex, that’s comparable to a Dave & Busters.

Inside we now know you’ll find bowling, arcade games for all ages, virtual reality, shuffleboards, pool, the biggest sports bar TV in Cape, ax throwing, karaoke lounges, a cigar lounge, and much much more.


That’s just phase 1 of the Cape Dogwood Development plan.

In a study submitted to the city, the development plan called the current area “languished”, since many of the buildings and parking lots are “dilapidated or deteriorating.”

In the coming¬†months, you’ll likely see more updates to the look and feel of the area. Six of the seven buildings are set to be renovated, and the northernmost building bordering Independence Street will be demolished.

And there’s more…

Phase 2 includes plans to construct outdoor entertainment attractions like a miniature golf course, and electric go-carts. This would be the first of its kind in the Cape Girardeau area.

Mayor Rediger called it a total family center that is sure to add some excitement to the deteriorating area.

So when can you expect to take a Heartland Weekend adventure here?

The Dogwood Social House plans to open its doors in early December.

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The hope is to begin construction on phase 2 in fall of 2018 or spring of 2019.

High hopes for current businesses

As for the businesses that currently call this area home, their leases will be honored. That means none of them will close permanently.

However, if phase 2 construction causes any of the businesses to move, the goal is to give them assistance in finding a new location.

Business owners like John Hendricks of the Book Rack are hopeful the plan will revitalize Town Plaza.

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