‘Barbecue Brothers’ bring Pub ‘N’ Grub to JasperJuly 24, 2019
By ALLEN LAMAN
JASPER — Serve good food, provide good service — and nothing else matters.
That’s the mantra Jared Weisheit and Rob Caballero follow daily as the co-owners of the two Pub ‘N’ Grub barbecue and American food restaurants located at Patoka Lake and in Vincennes.
Though they aren’t related by blood and are separated by about 30 years, the so-called “Barbecue Brothers” will soon add another brick-and-mortar establishment to the local chain, when the Jasper Pub ‘N’ Grub opens on Jackson Street this fall.
The partners’ success story is one that feels as good as a pulled pork sandwich on a hot summer day. Caballero started cooking and selling barbecue to his neighbors from his Bruceville garage under the Bone’s BBQ name, and the reputation of his high-quality food quickly spread.
He bought a smoker. Then he bought a bigger one. Then he bought a food truck, and after a successful weekend with the truck at Patoka Lake, he decided to open the first Pub ‘N’ Grub restaurant near the sprawling reservoir.
Weisheit lives in Jasper and is married to Tara (Wessel), and is Caballero’s nephew-in-law. After graduating from Indiana University Southeast with a degree in business administration, Weisheit worked in sales at Fastenal and Stac Material Handling. Caballero told him his plans to open the eatery, and Weisheit jumped on the opportunity to join him.
Neither of them worked a single day in a restaurant before the first Pub ‘N’ Grub opened at Patoka Lake in May 2017.
“Every day’s a learning curve,” Weisheit said in a Monday interview. “You learn something new every day and you just keep trying to overcome it. We take every challenge, and I try to come in every day and make something better or improve it.”
The pair opened their second location in Vincennes in January after completely gutting and repainting the building. That won’t be the case at the new, Jasper location.
Weisheit and Caballero walked into the Jasper structure — located at 514 Jackson St., near the Courthouse Square — and fell in love with it. Past restaurants that used the space include Yaggi’s, and most recently, 514.
“They left it ready to go,” Weisheit said. “There’s literally salt and pepper shakers on the tables. It’s ready for a restaurant. So, that’s what really drew us to it.”
He hopes to open the new location this fall, noting that the timeline is dependent on the transferring of the liquor license.
Weisheit said the Jasper location is comparable in size to the Patoka Lake Pub ‘N’ Grub. It will facilitate about 100 seats — 40 indoors and 60 in the patio area. The co-owners also plan to install a roof above that outdoor area.
While the Pub ‘N’ Grub menu encompasses more than just barbecue, Weisheit is happy to open a joint that brings the food to Jasper. He attributed the success of his business to “an insane amount of work.”
“My wife can attest to that,” he said. “We work a hundred plus hours a week, and we just keep doing it. And we love what we do. When you show up to work every day and you enjoy being there, it’s not really work any more.”
Popular menu items at the Patoka Lake and Vincennes locations include smoked wings and smoked brisket and ribs, as well as craft burgers and pizza.
“We’ll keep it simple,” Weisheit said. “Serve good food and have good service. That’s really always been the backbone of what we do. Good food, good service — and nothing else matters.”
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