Cheyenne Business Owners finds a balance between Burgers and Baseball

Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 7:41 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - If you’ve been in downtown Cheyenne there’s every chance that you’ve seen 2 doors Down, where you can stop and get a burger, some fries, maybe even a milkshake. But, if you go just one door over, you can instead trade those in for a baseball bat and a trip to the cages.

The Factory opened in January of 2022 in a location that allows Jerry Inniss to hop between the two businesses throughout the day.

While the new cages have only been in use for a little over six months, the opportunity to get some batting practice has been around the restaurant for over half a decade.

“Well, the original cage was in 2014 I believe, basically opened up as a training facility for my two kids. Both were playing competitive travel ball and just needed a place to work out, get some extra work in,” said Jerry Inniss, the owner of 2 Doors Down and the Factory.

Known as “Cage 3″, the original batting cage sits behind 2 Doors Down and planted the seeds for what was to come.

“You see people in the restaurant, they come in here and they’re like ‘oh, what is this?’ It just grows and it’s going to keep growing,” said Aleah Brooks, a Cheyenne East athlete that has been training at The Factory.

Now, The Factory has grown into something that be used both for entertainment purposes and for young athletes to improve their game.

“It’s fun to be a part of their lives in a different way other than a teacher or something like that, I think I can impact them different because I have no skin in the game, I have no stock in what they do, I just want them to be better versions of themselves,” said Braxton Inniss, Jerry’s son and a college baseball player who helps train during the summers.

In the short history of “The Factory”, the Inniss’ says athletes have been given the chance to grow as both players and people, something Jerry, Braxton, and everyone behind the operation hopes to continue doing for a long time.

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