PRESTONSBURG — Adding to the week for disappearing landmarks, Jerry’s Restaurant also took steps to close its doors, deleting one more icon from the Prestonsburg scene.
On Feb. 12, Jerry’s, a mainstay eatery in Prestonsburg, will close its doors for the last time. Tuesday, J.T. Absher, owner of the Jerry’s property, released a statement regarding the decision to close the restaurant.
“It is with a heavy heart and overwhelming sadness I must report that on Feb. 12, 2012, Jerry’s Restaurant in Prestonsburg will be closing its doors for the last time,” Absher said in the statement. “On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank our customers for allowing us to serve them these last 43 years. I’d also like to thank all our employees for their dedication and service.”
Absher specifically listed Boyd Thompson, the former manager of Jerry’s, for being the heart of the restaurant. “Words cannot express the appreciation and gratitude my family has for the commitment and friendship he has shown to us and our late grandfather for over a half century,” said Absher. “Boyd is a legend in the Eastern Kentucky restaurant community.”
“Jerry’s is more than just a restaurant. We all have an emotional connection to Jerry’s, and closing it is like closing a chapter in our lives,” Absher said. “Jerry’s has been under increasing financial pressures for the last several years primarily due to increased competition. I regret that I now see no viable path forward for Jerry’s. I take full responsibility for this incredibly difficult decision.”
According to Absher, the closing of Jerry’s will not negatively affect any of the other properties owned by Absher Enterprises LLC or J&B Seafoods LLC. Absher says that anyone interested in leasing the property after Feb. 12 can contact Absher Enterprises at (606) 886-6397.