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

Big changes ahead for the plaza!

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

Posted by Dogwood Social House on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

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

It’s now known as Dogwood Social House.

You could consider it a family entertainment complex that’s comparable to a Dave & Busters.

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

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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