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Tucked away about three miles south of U.S. 460, near the old New London Dragstrip, the New London Steak House has been drawing a steady stream of repeat customers for 50 years now.
For Jackie Tucker, a Lynchburg resident, the steakhouse not only has been a place to order a great filet and spiced steamed shrimp, it has been a source of fellowship and friendship since she starting going there in 1979, 10 years after it opened.
Tucker meets eight to 15 friends each week at the establishment, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and just everyday life together.
“It’s beyond just meeting new people,” she said. “We’ve become good friends and the restaurant is the reason why. You can just go in and be who you are.”