Houck closes Cue, catering co. and halts restaurant plans in Perryville 

Restaurateur and caterer Jerry Houck has closed the doors of another downtown restaurant. Cue on Main officially closed Tuesday after operating for four years. 

Houck closed Nellie Burton’s Steakhouse and Sports Bar on July 8.

He will also be halting plans for a brewhouse in Perryville, and will close his catering company, Cue Catering.

Houck had this to say on Facebook:  “After four great years in downtown Danville, the Cue staff would like to say thank you for all your support. Second, as the owner, I would like to wish our wonderful staff best wishes and the best of everything for the future,” Houck wrote. “No one can ever say that we didn’t give it 110 percent. As the owner of this business, I cannot say enough about the crew of people that have walked through these doors over the last four years to help create what I consider to be the best restaurant with the best customers, the best staff, and the best food in the area.

“It is unfortunate sometimes in business when one must make a very difficult decision that is not popular, but necessary. Sometimes following your dreams comes with risks that do not necessarily have the anticipated outcome. In the end, we did make our dreams come true if even for a short time and for this we are forever honored to have been at your service. As we move on to the next adventure, please keep our family in your thoughts.”

Nick Wade, director of Heart of Danville, said it is “never a good thing when a business closes their doors.”

“It saddens me that we are losing another great restaurant. I encourage everyone to support their favorite locally-owned business, because we never know what will happen,” Wade said. “The old adage goes, ‘When one door closes, another opens.’ And in the case of Main Streets, a closed business presents an opportunity to increase the vitality of downtown with something new.”

Houck said in his post that Cue Catering will complete commitments made, then his business will officially close for good. Plans for turning the Boyle House in Perryville into a restaurant have been stopped, too, he said. Houck had been restoring the building since city residents voted to legalize alcohol sales last summer. Houck had plans to open the Boyle House Brewery sometime next year.

Houck had attempted to crowd-fund the Boyle House Brewery by offering memberships to the general public that included gift cards and discounted prices on food, catering and overnight stays.

“After 20 plus years feeding Danville, I suppose it’s time for me to hang up my apron and pass the plate to someone new,” Houck said. “There are many more adventures on the horizon for me … I’m not giving up, just moving on to the next thing life brings my way.”