Hot Spot opens in longtime Dubois café space

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DUBOIS — Hot Spot Bar & Grill LLC, 5416 E. Main St., opened its doors March 19 and will be celebrating its grand opening Saturday, July 26.


Serving food and beverages from both a freshly painted family room and soon-to-be-updated bar room, the business is open to patrons of all ages.

Philly cheese steak and tenderloin sandwiches can be found on the menu along with fried chicken and German fries.

Three-quarter-pound burgers are served stuffed with a choice of onions, bell or jalapeno peppers, mushrooms and A-1 Steak Sauce or barbecue sauce.

Beer and liquor catering services will be available in August.


Photo courtesy Hot Spot Bar & Grill LLC

A volunteer firefighter from Cuzco, owner Derek Breitweiser, 23, linked fighting fires and technology when renaming the former Mathies Café.

“In fires there are hot spots, then we offer free internet using the modern WiFi hot spot,” he said, adding that both are reflected in the business’ logo.   

Breitweiser, a 2009 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School, did not plan to open a bar and grill, but thought it would be fun to own his own business. Then the café came up for sale.

“I thought here we go, let’s give it a shot,” he said, adding that he gained his only experience in the food industry working for Sander Catering part-time while attending high school and studying conservation law enforcement at Vincennes University.

He also worked full-time for Sander for about one year. Some of the recipes used at the bar and grill are his own — including the Reuben and Philly cheese steak sandwiches and the rib-eye — and others are the same ones prepared by the Mathies Café

Hot Spot Bar & Grill is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The phone number is 812-678-2772. The bar also can be found on Facebook.

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