Delphi welcomes new restaurants and store


graphic by Lacey Pickering.

An antique shop, a BBQ restaurant, and a Mexican restaurant are three new additions to downtown Delphi.

Over the past few months, Delphi has welcomed three new businesses to the area surrounding the courthouse. 


Looking to get out of her 9 to 5 job and buy a house, Ashley Jones from Chicago opened The Pit House Bar and Grill in the building where Chyenne’s Dream used to be. Opening just over two months ago, it is the town’s new barbeque place with a variety of meals ranging from ribs to chicken with the typical sides like mac and cheese, baked beans, and other barbecue must-haves. “Delphi has opened us with open arms,” Jones commented. Though it has only been a few months, Jones has loved seeing repeat customers in her restaurant letting her know that she is doing something right. Much like many businesses, there is always the issue of staffing, but for the most part things are going well. The claim to have the best ribs in Indiana is sure to keep customers returning and new ones coming in.


Larry Hellyer, owner of CC Knick Knacks, bought the building on the corner next to Hometown Graphics a year ago and opened a few days before Christmas in 2022. After spending most of his career working in construction, Hellyer noticed that a lot of stores selling antiques and knick knacks were going out of business. However, he hopes that in a smaller, close knit community such as Delphi, a store like this will thrive, allowing people from the community to shop, browse, and look for a good deal. In CC Knick Knacks you can find everything ranging from collectables, to antiques, to tools and everything in between. By selling both old, new, and used products, Hellyer is hoping to allow those in the community, no matter their pay grade, to be able to afford his merchandise. 

El Rinconcito Mexican restaurant opened in December and became Delphi’s largest restaurant. Located at 117 Wabash Street, former location of JC’s Bar and Grill, El Rinconcito offers plenty of space and a huge menu, although they are quickly becoming known for their homemade salsa and guacamole. Owners Jose Dominguez and Sarah Terrell, former owners of Cabo’s, said they own a business here because “We love Delphi and we love the community.” El Rinconcito, located on the corner of Wabash and Monroe, is appropriately named: El Rinconcito means “little corner; plus, Dominguez’s mother loved a song by that title. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.


If you have an afternoon or evening free, be sure to stop by The Pit House or El Riconcito for lunch or dinner, and CC Knick Knacks to shop and browse. “It is exciting to welcome new restaurants and retail businesses to Delphi! Whether it’s BBQ rib tips or Mexican food or collectibles, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive in our community and adding to the vibrancy of our downtown,” replied Mayor Anita Werling.