Oxbow Hotel and Lakely in Eau Claire to reopen after being closed more than a year for COVID

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(The Oxbow and The Lakely website photo)

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely, a boutique hotel and farm-to-fork restaurant in downtown Eau Claire, will reopen on June 1 after being closed for more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The property, which offers 30 boutique hotel rooms, a full restaurant and bar and a music and event venue, is one of the first and only such Eau Claire business that closed in March 2020 and remained shuttered for the duration, said Cassandra Lueck, the venue’s events and marketing director.
“We’ve been looking forward to our reopening since the day we closed our doors,” Lueck said. “We’re passionate about sharing the Oxbow experience with our community here in Eau Claire and with guests who stay with us from near and far.
“When we’re not able to do that, it feels like part of the local heartbeat diminishes,” she said.
The decision to stay closed was difficult, but the safety of the community, staff and guests remained the
paramount concern, along with the general decline in travel and tourism, Lueck said.
The hotel will reopen at full capacity, with measures to ensure guests’ safety, she said.
The Lakely will reopen with a pivot toward new room service and carryout options, which has not been offered in the past. Limited in-person dining also will be offered inside the restaurant, and The Lakely’s outdoor patio will be available for seasonal open-air dining.
“The Oxbow truly is a mecca for folks celebrating the arts, music and local culture, and we couldn’t be more excited to reopen our doors and get those
people back in here,” Lueck said.