LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The restaurant at the center of violent protests in Lynchburg at the end of May plans to reopen, it recently announced on Instagram.
Over 100 people gathered outside the building, protesting the issue of “Black Lives Matter” vs. “All Lives Matter” that sparked from a reply to a controversial tweet that Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. posted days before the protests. The owner of 5th & Federal voiced support for Falwell’s tweet, which targeted Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s mask mandate and referenced his past controversy over a photo in his medical school yearbook.
“It was a mistake. It was a foolish mistake to have ever posted it,” Josh Read, the owner of Fifth and Federal, told WFXR after the protests that left his store badly damaged.
Read said he is sorry for the tweet and feels regret.
“It’s just foolish for us to be blinded by the pandemic and not see how badly it hurt people.”
Read says the tweet was meant to voice his frustration with the governor’s facemask mandate.
“We were looking at it as what it was as a action towards Northam that we were blinded by what the actual racial portion of it,” said Read.
The date for reopening at 5th & Federal has not yet been set, though the post says sometime in September.
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