Bar and bistro opens in River Ridge Mall

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg welcomed its first bar.

Iron and Ale had their grand opening Monday at their new location in the shopping center, bringing a smaller version of their Cornerstone Street location menu.

Mall officials say it’s part of their plan to fight the nation-wide trend of malls and retailers closing, by adding entertainment and dining to River Ridge.

“We really want to bring more businesses in that are locally owned,” said Katie Farris, Marketing Manager of River Ridge Mall, “that are community-loved favorites, and we’re so excited to partner with Iron and Ale on this project. It really is the completion of our phase 1, which is what we’re standing in right now.”

Iron and Ale has opened up in the mall’s newly renovated space, which includes amphitheater steps, charging stations, new seating, a fireplace, and other amenities.

Those renovations were completed last fall, right before Black Friday, according to Farris.

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