I met with owners Allen and Erin Sanders today who confirmed that the restaurant will indeed be relocating to a new space in Abbeville, sometime in the beginning of March.
“We never planned to leave this location,” says Allen. “But our lease is up at the end of February and we could not come to an agreement with the landlord when we offered to purchase the property.”
Both Allen and Erin are excited about the new location (former Abbeville Grill, diagonal to the old Ruth & Jimmie’s/Yocona in Exile building in downtown Abbeville), noting that the building was originally built in 1926, which will fit in nicely with the old Delta feel they both enjoy. “The new space is actually bigger than our current building,” says Erin. “It still has three separate dining rooms, which we like, and even has a room with an indoor charcoal pit so customers can watch their steaks being prepared.”
While Delta Steak Company is currently inside city limits, Allen says that it’s always been somewhat of a destination restaurant. “Our customers come from all over–Tupelo, Batesville, even Jackson,” he says. “They come to spend a nice evening enjoying dinner, and we’re hoping they’ll do the same when we make the move to Abbeville.”
In addition to current customers, the move will mean a new restaurant for the citizens of Abbeville who have been without a sit-down restaurant for quite some time. Delta Steak Company will offer southern plate lunches Monday through Friday in its new location in addition to its regular dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Erin says alcohol will most likely be brown bag in the beginning until they can secure resort status to open the bar during operating hours. “The town of Abbeville has welcomed us with open arms,” says Allen. “We’ve even been invited to meet with the Board of Alderman.”
For those who are resistant to make the trek to Abbeville, Allen notes that the restaurant is less than 10 miles from Oxford and faster to get to than the other side of town since there are no lights to go through.
For the time being, Delta Steak Company will remain open and operating normally in its current location through the end of February. The Sanders’ hope for a smooth transition into the new space in early March.
–Liz Barrett Foster, EatingOxford.com publisher
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