DuBOIS – Nightfall, a nightclub-themed bar that has been built from the ground up over the past 10 months, will host its soft opening at Invictus LLC at 650 DuBois St. today.
Invictus, a recreational weapons launch business, was opened in April 2021 by local couple Joe Morrison and Shealene Williams. And that was only the beginning.
Nightfall will feature the group “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) establishment, Invictus is now a state-licensed establishment. The bar will offer snacks, Williams said, like nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy.
It’s just another step in Invictus’ process of growing and expanding, Morrison said, noting that his hometown of DuBois is his “heart and soul.” Their goal has always been, the couple says, to provide enjoyable and unique activities in the area.
Safety also remains a top priority. Having their liquor license now, the couple said, actually allows them to better regulate the establishment.
Morrison noted that he could not have done all of this without the help of his father, Mitch Morrison, with the building process and renovation of the building.
Nightfall offers a panoramic bar and ambient lighting, as well as space for a band to perform.
Ax throwing will remain the main draw in 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 enjoy both aspects.
Late last year, Invictus also added “Ramage Rooms” and Skill Games. The next step, Morrison said, is to add an arcade and lounge.
The ax throwing business took off after it opened, with its busiest seasons being fall and winter, Williams and Morrison said.
Diving into the world of bars is a little scary, but the couple think the community will appreciate it. The hope is to have a band or DJ playing Nightfall every weekend. Nightfall is meant to bring a kind of “urban vibe” to a small town, offering a large drinks menu with cocktail lists and visuals, national bottled beers and seltzers, to name a few- one.
The couple stressed that it was important to them that Invictus remains a family attraction as well. The recreational side will remain just as open to children and families as it was before. Recommended hours for children are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to the Invictus Facebook page.
It has also been pointed out on the Invictus Facebook page that this is very much a “soft opening” and that patience and understanding is required as the bar’s business picks up.
Invictus opening hours will remain the same – 2 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. Nightfall hours of operation will be 4 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.