Iconic Pikeville Restaurant Closing Friday

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A piece of Pikeville history will be closing its doors for good on Friday.

Jerry's Restaurant has been a staple in downtown Pikeville for more than 50 years.

"They opened the Jerry's in 1960 and operated it from Jerry's 1960 to present day, so 53 years that they have. Third generation right now is what we're into with the Justice family," said owner Drew Justice.

Justice grew up in Jerry's, once owned by his grandfather, passed to his father and now himself.

But tough times have hit many including Jerry's, and Justice says it is time to say goodbye.

"Times change and we do appreciate everybody that's come by and had their last J-boy, strawberry pie, and hot fudge cake. This whole week we've been packed, swamped," said Justice.

"If the walls could tell you all that went through this place right here it would be unbelievable," said loyal customer Rita Blackburn.

Tivis Branham has spent much of five decades seated at Jerry's.

"This is history. This is history itself really. I've seen so many things happen here that are good," said Branham.

Back in February 2012, the Jerry’s Restaurant in Prestonsburg closed after 43 years of business.

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