Fifth and Federal, site of violent May protests, reopens in Lynchburg after months-long closure

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — After being closed since the start of the summer, Fifth and Federal Station in Lynchburg is back open for business.

Back at the end of May, many of the restaurant’s windows were broken and the rest of the building sustained other damages after protests escalated outside.

The violence came after Fifth and Federal’s owner replied to a controversial tweet from former Liberty University president, Jerry Falwell, Jr.

The tweet targeted Gov. Ralph Northam’s mask mandated and referenced the past controversy regarding a photo of the governor in blackface.

While the reopening was originally set for September, Fifth and Federal opened back up on Thursday, Oct. 22, with an official “Welcome Back” launch party.

The owner says they are excited to be back in business and invites everyone in the Lynchburg community to join them.

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