It took 11 months to turn his building into a poolroom.
"I decided to go against common sense and open up. So many people have been asking for a place to play pool," explained Phillips.
"I wouldn't have this place if it weren't for my brother Kevin," said Phillips. "He helped me a lot and put real effort into helping."
With cement floors and tall warehouse style ceilings, a jukebox for music and a bar, Herkimer's has the perfect feel for anyone who loves a game of pool.
"We built it for the pool player who wants to come to a nice calm place and play," said Phillips. "It's not a bar. We serve beer and wine and sandwiches as a convenience to the people who come here to play pool."
Asked where the unusual name came from, Phillips laughs and says he was trying to think of something unusual.
"My mom use to have a dog. I don't remember it, but she always talked about it. His name was Herkimer. I thought it was a really different name but found out there is a Herkimer's in Chicago and in New York," he laughed.
Herkimer's also offers darts and Mega Touches (touch screen games). Beer and wine, along with deli sandwiches are available.
Phillips plans to offer both dart and pool tournaments in the near future.
The traditional view of billiards is as a refined and noble pastime. There are hundreds of pocket billiards games. Some of the more well known include eight-ball, nine-ball, straight pool, and one-pocket.
Located at 910 N. Jackson Street in Greencastle, Herkimer's is open seven days a week. On Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to midnight. For information about Herkimer's, call 301-4543.