Opened in August of 2013, Cue has become synonymous with great food and traditional southern hospitality. We take great pride in being a local neighborhood restaurant and bar in the truest form. We offer locally-farmed products when possible and also have a full-service catering team available for weddings, corporate events, and special occasions.
Historically, this location once housed the oldest-running pool hall in the state of Kentucky. For more than 80 years, some of the most well known pool players around the state competed here, and many men remember a quick game of pool during their lunch hour. Older generations tell us this was primarily an all-male hangout; women were not unwelcome, but (more importantly) it was considered by parents to be “unladylike and unchristian-like” for their daughters to spend time here and this was strictly enforced for many years. Walking along the sidewalk in front of the building was even frowned upon in some cases! We have been told that during prohibition, the bathroom wall in the back was removed and a half-wall built so the proprietor could make sure the men would not go in and sneak a nip. In addition to pool, there is evidence of a King Pin Alley in the basement as the scoreboard remains on the wall – if only those basement walls could talk. During the restoration of the space, the old gaslight at the bar was left as a memory of where the men would light their cigars and cigarettes. Known gastronomically for a pool hall chili dog many who worked downtown would order carryout and “let the guys go pick them up” for lunch. The historic aspect of this space was important to the owner and the name Cue, as in cue ball, was chosen to pay respect to the pool hall era that has been part of this community hangout for many generations.
The owner, Jerry Houck, has been in the restaurant business in Danville for over 20 years. His first restaurant was Two Roads Café. He then opened Table 908, a catering and event venue. In 2013, he purchased this old Main Street Pool Hall and created this unique space named Cue. In January 2017, Jerry was named Kentucky Restaurateur of the Year by the Kentucky Restaurant Association.
While corporate chains and fast food are plentiful Danville, there is always a need for an additional upscale dining experience. Jerry’s passion for great food and quality entertaining breathed new life into this historic venue. When additional space became available, early in 2016, he wanted to create another unique downtown restaurant and Nellie Burton’s Steakhouse and Sports Bar was conceived. Nellie Burton’s, named for Jerry’s mom, is Danville’s only true, independently owned steakhouse and sports bar.