DuBOIS: Nightfall, a nightclub-themed bar that was built from the ground up over the past 10 months, will make its grand opening at Invictus LLC at 650 DuBois St. today.
Invictus, a recreational gun-tossing venture, was launched in April 2021 by area couple Joe Morrison and Shealene Williams. And that was only the beginning.
Nightfall will feature the band “Innocent Sin” for its soft opening from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., with the bar side opening at 4 p.m.
Formerly a BYOB (bring your own beer) facility, Invictus is now a state-licensed establishment for spirits. The bar will offer snack-type foods, Williams said, such as nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy.
This is just another step in the bigger picture and expansion process at Invictus, Morrison said, noting that his hometown of DuBois is his “heart and soul.” It has always been their goal, the couple said, to offer fun and unique activities in the area.
Security also remains a top priority. Now that they have their liquor license, the couple said, it actually allows them to better regulate the facility.
Morrison noted that he would not have been able to do any of this without the help of his father, Mitch Morrison, with the construction process and the remodeling of the building.
Nightfall offers a wraparound wraparound bar and ambient lighting, as well as space for a band to perform.
Ax throwing will continue to be the main draw of Invictus, offering 12 lanes and several different weapons for throwers to choose from. However, the goal is also for visitors to visit both the bar and the recreational side of the business and to enjoy aspects of both.
Late last year, Invictus also added “riot rooms” and skill games. The next step, Morrison said, is to add a game room and lounge.
The ax throwing business took off after the opening, with its busiest seasons being the fall and winter, Williams and Morrison said.
Immersing yourself in the world of bars is a bit scary, but the couple think it’s something the community will enjoy. The hope is to have a band or DJ playing at Nightfall every weekend. Nightfall intends to bring a bit of “city vibe” to a small town, offering a large drinks menu with cocktail lists and visuals, domestic bottled beers and mineral water to name a few.
The couple stressed that it is important to them that Invictus remain a family-oriented attraction as well. The recreational side will continue to be as open to children and families as it was before. The recommended hours for children are from 2 to 8 pm, according to the Invictus Facebook page.
It was also emphasized on the Invictus Facebook page that this is very much a “soft opening” and that patience and understanding is requested as the bar business takes off.
Invictus hours will remain the same: from 14:00 to 00:00 Monday to Friday and from 14:00 to 02:00 on weekends. Dusk hours will be 4:00 am on weekdays and 4:00 pm to 2:00 am on weekends.