Hot Lunch reopens after one owner’s death, another’s hospitalization 

Hot Lunch on Madison’s near east side has reopened following one of its owner’s death due to a staph infection and another’s two-and-a-half-month hospital stay with an unrelated infection, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Mike Cerv, 31, who survives his former business partner, Roger Barts, was admitted to the hospital on two occasions and underwent multiple surgeries. He has since returned to the restaurant, a sandwich shop he and Barts opened in October at 708 1/4 E. Johnson St. in the former Forequarter space.

Troy Knight is a silent partner in the business, and his brother, Travis Knight, has taken over duties previously handled by Barts. The restaurant has welcomed a new chef, Chad Remington Gilman, as well.

The restaurant’s new hours are 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. from Thursday–Sunday.

Friends of Cerv’s set up a GoFundMe campaign that has so far raised $11,452 of its $20,000 goal to offset his medical costs.