Herkimer's a dream come true

Monday, July 6, 2009
Max Phillips gets ready to put the nine ball in the center pocket at his new pool hall -- Herkimer's, that opened last week in Greencastle.

Owning a pool hall is something Max Phillips has wanted to do for a very long time. Last week, his dream came true when he opened Herkimer's Pool Hall.

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.

Phillips hopes people will come in and try out some of the many pocket billiards games, throw some darts and test their trivia knowledge on the Mega Touch screens. The cost to play is $6 an hour, and there are six tables available.

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.

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  • Yay! A place to play pool. I'll be over as soon as I can.

    -- Posted by just a local on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 12:29 AM
  • Is there a snooker table by chance?

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 4:09 AM
  • Good Luck Max! I'll stop in this week and bring Mo!


    -- Posted by LangdonUlger on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 7:01 AM
  • Finally, somewhere besides the Moose to go and play pool. No more smoke filled clothes and watery eyes. I hope this place will last for awhile.

    -- Posted by ZRXguy on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 7:46 AM
  • Congratulations and all the best. As a one-time avid player (clear back to Jack Schaeffer's underground on the west side of the square) I hope this provides an income and community enjoyment. Great news. I hope to see some table time in the very near future.

    -- Posted by countyboy on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 8:51 AM
  • definately think this could be a good thing. i have always wanted to do a nice pool hall myself. my biggest worries are how to keep the riff raff out and the big groups meeting in the parking lots. seems the wrong crowd has always ran these types of places down. if u cant keep the bad crowd out then u cant keep a business open. good luck Herkimer's

    -- Posted by badboy46120 on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 9:26 AM
  • Congrats to Max & Kevin from your friends in Tennessee. We're looking forward to making a road trip in the near future to check out Herkimer's. Didn't see any mention of karaoke - whats up with that? Oh well - guess we'll just have to make up our own words as usual! We'll be up in the near future - Greg & Helen

    Live long and prosper.....................

    -- Posted by Cobra427 on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 3:27 PM
  • I am sure Riff Raff will not be tolerated. The community needs to support this business to help keep it nice. Pool has been listed as top 5 things to do in US. Good Luck Herkimer's

    -- Posted by Sportfan on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 3:41 PM
  • yes i remember the pool hall on the square. but haven't seen a true old fashion pool hall since Claude closed up shop in roachdale.. there you played pool. could buy a bag of chips or coke from vending machine, but that was about it other than playin' some pool. best of luck.

    -- Posted by BORNINPUTCO on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 7:30 PM
  • Good luck w/the place.Nice to see another poster thats played SNOOKER,I thought I was gettin old and outta touch! Good to see someone thinkin about somethin to DO rather than another eatery. Again best wishes.

    -- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Tue, Jul 7, 2009, at 4:17 AM
  • Ah yes, the memories of Hurt's Pool Room. 6 oz Coke and a bag of cheese popcorn for $.35, cigarettes were $.49 per pack. 2 player 8 ball was $.25 per game, 2 player snooker was $.35 per game. Hot sandwiches heated under a halogen light bulb. Real spitoons, 80 pool cues to choose from. A hang out for old men.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Tue, Jul 7, 2009, at 5:33 AM
  • How many folks have made it in to the Pool HAll?

    -- Posted by Sportfan on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 4:14 AM
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