Virtual Golf Business Coming to the Mall Of Monroe

Virtual golf business Dirty Birdie coming to Mall of Monroe

Suzanne Nolan Wisler

The Monroe News  February 5, 2024


MONROE — A virtual, indoor golf business is coming soon to the Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St.Dirty Birdie, which also will offer axe throwing and a full bar and restaurant, is expected to open in mid-April.“We’re so excited,” said Rhonda Howard, Mall of Monroe’s property manager.

Lifelong Monroe County residents Tim and Angie Clark and their son, Ben, will operate the business. Tim graduated from Mason High School, Erie. Angie is a Jefferson graduate, and Ben graduated from Monroe High School.

The 6,500-square-foot business in under construction in the former Finish Line and Vanity stores.

“This space is a great spot,” Tim said. “We’re so excited for this.”

Ben became interested in virtual golf after visiting a friend’s indoor golf simulator.

“He said, ‘Dad, let’s get virtual golf in the barn,'” Tim of Ida said. “We did some research and found the best one: Trackman. We immediately had the opportunity to bring it here.”

Tim said there are virtual golf businesses in the Ann Arbor and Toledo areas, but Dirty Birdie is the first of its kind in Monroe County.

Dirty Birdie will offer six bays for golf, five bays for axe throwing, 18 TVs, golf lessons and leagues, a full service bar and a restaurant.

The Mall of Monroe currently has only one other food establishment: Katalina’s Kitchen in the former Taco Bell site. It offers Mexican foods, such as tamales, tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas.

Tino Amaya from Monroe’s Amaya’s Fresh Mexican Grill is consulting on Dirty Birdie’s menu.He describes the menu as “modern American.”

“We’re bringing together a lot of flavors,” Amaya said. “Monroe is truly a melting pot.”

Among the offerings will be gourmet pizza, appetizers and seasonally inspired sandwiches.

Dirty Birdie isn’t the only business serving alcohol at the Mall of Monroe.

“Phoenix Theatres has a tavern license. They sell beer and wine,” said Timothy Matune, senior vice president of asset redevelopment for Cafaro, the company that manages the Mall of Monroe.

Dirty Birdie is for people of all ages.

“If you can pick up clubs, you can play digital golf,” Tim said.

Golf clubs can be rented on-site.

The Clarks don’t know yet how many people their business will employ. Tim plans to fill some vacancies through Aggressive Hiring of Frenchtown Township, his staffing agency.

Dirty Birdie’s hours are tentatively set for 9 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. seven days a week.

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New stores coming soon to Mall Of Monroe

New stores coming soon to Mall of Monroe

Suzanne Nolan Wisler

The Monroe News     March 9, 2023

Five new stores are coming soon to the Mall of Monroe.

“Approximately 70% of stores (on a square footage basis) are occupied or in construction for future openings. Discussions are ongoing for future new tenants,” said Tim Matune, senior vice president for asset redevelopment for The Cafaro Co. of Niles, Ohio. “The future is bright for The Mall of Monroe.”

Stores opening soon are:

  • Ragnarok Supply and Motorworks, which is expected to open in the summer or fall.

The business will offer more than 51,000 square feet of high-end hunting, fishing and camping equipment with firearms, Matune said. “Plus, the sale and service of ATVs and dirt bikes with a four-bay facility for the installation of Line-X truck accessories.”

  • CubeSmartis planned for the summer or fall.

CubeSmart will offer 78,826 square feet of indoor, climate-controlled storage with a retail store for the sale of storage and moving supplies, Matune said.

  • Castaway Eats and Treats, a fast service food court tenant, will open in about two months and will sell sandwiches, subs, paninis, pizza, barbecued foods, pretzels, ice cream, cookies and snacks.
  • Disctopia, planned to open April 1, will sell records, anime, videos, video games and all other types of media.
  • The Mystery Shop, coming in May, will feature hand-made, artisan-quality, home décor-related antiques and locally made food products.

Several stores recently opened at the Mall of Monroe:

  • Domka Outdoors: A 57,000 square-foot business featuring firearms, ammunition, archery bows, crossbows, fishing equipment and tackle, professional repair and design services, and the presentation of leagues, competitions, seminars and birthday parties.
  • MCF Market: Goods from local artisans and vintage collectors.
  • Your PC Doctor, Electronics and More: New consumer electronic items, such as computers, gaming items and equipment, car audio equipment, air conditioners, and computer repair and service.
  • Katalina’s Kitchen: Operated by the Ayala family, the business is a fast service food court selling authentic Mexican food.
  • Monroe Community Players: Newly designed and constructed studio theater for presenting plays and performances.
  • Wonderworld Comics: Sale and exchange of comic books, toys, games, sports cards, and Japanese anime and manga.
  • Pinball and Classic Arcade: New and classic style-pinball machines and arcade games for players of all ages for recreation and tournament play.

Other Mall of Monroe businesses are: Phoenix Theatres, Bath & Body Works, Planet Fitness, Shoe Department, Pillar Performance (featuring high-intensity cross-fit and athletic performance training including hockey), Spencer’s, Color Beauty Supply, Claw Kicker, Wu Ji Acupressure, Champion Force Cheerleading and Tumbling, Custom Designed Clothing by Amu & Ani, Brow Shapes, and Family and Friends Funland.

Also open at the Mall of Monroe are: Leviathan Offices, the Humane Society of Monroe County and Monroe City Church.

Space remains available.

“Unlike many other malls that closed in similar sized markets, The Mall of Monroe survived the retail apocalypse, the demise of many department stores and COVID,” Matune said. “Our on-site staff maintains the property and provides security according to the highest standards in the business. Should anyone wish to open a hair care salon, a move-in quality, fully outfitted salon is available. The mall also has 68 acres of undeveloped property for development for commercial, housing, institutional, etc.”

The Cafaro Co. is the parent organization of the Frenchtown Square Partnership. In 1987, Cafaro built The Mall of Monroe (formerly Frenchtown Square Mall) and has operated the property ever since. The Mall of Monroe is at 2121 N. Monroe St.




Domka Outdoors to open at Mall Of Monroe

On Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m., Domka Outdoors will celebrate its Grand Opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside The Mall of Monroe.

By WTVG Staff

Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 12:17 PM EDT|Updated: 4 hours ago


MONROE, Mich. (WTVG) – Domka Outdoors is opening at The Mall of Monroe this week.

On Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m., Domka Outdoors will celebrate its Grand Opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside The Mall of Monroe.

According to the Cafaro Company, Domka Outdoors is relocating from a smaller store to a spacious 56,000+ square foot space. To celebrate the move, the store will be offering sale prices on archery products as well as 25% off clothing.

Cafaro says Domka Outdoors offers the area’s largest selection of bait and tackle, including brands like Rapala, Bandits, Garmin and more. The store also offers a variety of Archery brands including Bear, Prime, Ten-Point and more.

According to Cafaro, Domka will also be offering free line spooling and will have on-site bow techs for anyone in need of archery assistance.

Domka Outdoors is also looking to include an indoor archery range once the necessary permits are approved.