Kosciusko and Whitley Chambers cut the ribbon for Ole Hitchin’s job – InkFreeNews.com


The Kosciusko and Whitley County Chambers of Commerce held a double ribbon cutting for The Ole Hitchin’ Post restaurant on Friday, August 12. It is located at 109 Center St., Larwill, and is owned by Jay and Krissy Ropp. Left to right: Kosciusko Chamber Ambassadors Chris Plack and Scott Allison; Jennifer Esterline, executive director of Whitley Chamber; Whitley Chamber Ambassador Robert Salesman; Tammy Smith, Kosciusko Chamber Ambassador; Ole Hitchin’ Post employees Adry Jefferson, Malina Ropp and Vienna Ropp; Krissy Ropp; Kosciusko Chamber Ambassador Kaleb Schneidewent; Scott Wiley, Director of Member Relations for the Kosciusko Chamber; and Rob Parker, President and CEO of the Chamber of Kosciusko. InkFreeNews photos by Leah Sander.

By Lea Sander
InkFreeNews

LARWILL — Krissy Ropp said what she and her husband Jay Ropp value the most are “God, our family and our country.”

They hope this is reflected in their restaurant, The Ole Hitchin’ Post.

The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce joined the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce in hosting a double ribbon cutting for the company on Friday August 12th. It is located at 109 Center St., Larwill.

The restaurant carries an overall western theme and includes American flags and crosses as decorations.

“We are very, very proud to be Americans. We are very grateful and lucky and think we all need to remember that we all are,” Krissy said. “Our goal is kind of to be a place where…no matter who you are, where you’re from, what our differences are, (we) can come together here and just have a good time.”

The Larwill couple bought the business in January 2021. Krissy previously said she wanted to start a bakery.

She and Jay met the former owner of The Ole Hitchin’ Post for one night. She told him about her dream of starting a bakery and asked if he knew if there were any other buildings in Larwill for sale.

The man then offered to sell them The Ole Hitchin’ Post.

“It seemed like a really exciting opportunity to work for ourselves, to work with our family, and to make investments in our tiny little community here,” Krissy said.

The company offers indoor and outdoor dining. The season of the latter started on April 1 and continues until the last Sunday of October. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Krissy said it was planned to offer a restaurant service thereafter in November and December, and then open from January to March next year for breakfast and lunch on weekends.

The menu includes burgers, chicken, tenderloins, fish, macaroni salad and coleslaw. For breakfast, there are English muffins, sausage, bacon, and a cheesy hash brown casserole.

She said new options will be coming to the menu next week.

“I want it to feel and taste like home, without the customer having to prepare the food and clean it up,” Krissy said of the experience she wanted to provide for the customer. “One of the best things for me as a restaurant owner has been the relationships I have made with people. Some customers have just become such great supporters and encouragement and just such great friends in addition to people that I might not see them outside of when they’re here but they’re still people that I would call friends and grateful to know them.

Guests can also occasionally enjoy live music from May through August. Krissy said she tries to post who is performing on The Ole Hitchin’ Post’s Facebook page in advance.

“My goal is just to let people know that we’re a place that serves fresh food. We want you to feel at home, we want you to feel valued because you are and we just want to be a place where people feel comfortable and then happy when they leave,” he said. she declared.

Live music will occasionally be in the restaurant during the summer. On Friday, Jessie Mae was playing.

A look at some of the restaurant’s outdoor seating.

A look inside the indoor dining section of The Ole Hitchin’ Post. Flags and crosses are part of the decor.

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