Closed for 14 months, downtown Eau Claire enterprise reopens

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -Tons of of companies have been compelled to shut when the pandemic hit with a number of reopening over the previous a number of months.

For the primary time in over a yr, one downtown Eau Claire enterprise is reopening this week.

“Deciding to shut was an enormous determination for us,” mentioned Cassandra Lueck, the Occasions & Advertising and marketing Director for The Oxbow Lodge and The Lakely. “It actually got here all the way down to the truth that we’re an unbiased boutique resort in a smaller, Midwestern group, and when the pandemic began, journey simply halted.”

Lueck mentioned no journey meant no friends.

With out guests that they had no method of sustaining enterprise, and it shut its doorways.

Now as tourism season begins, these empty chairs are filling up with individuals wanting to be again out.

“It was nerve-wracking earlier than, after which as soon as we acquired open, it was simply stepping again into the swing of issues, and it simply felt nice to have individuals right here once more, and all of these nerves sort of washed away when individuals have been sort of having fun with themselves, and having fun with the truth that we have been reopening, and we have been providing them good meals and good drinks,” mentioned Alex Viana, the Entrance of Home Supervisor for The Lakely.

Viana mentioned it takes some adjusting to get again up and working.

“It’s basically like opening a brand new enterprise,” Viana mentioned. “Sure, there’s the blueprint for who we’re as a enterprise, however then it’s simply the small issues getting restarted once more throughout the board.”

As enterprise begins up once more and friends and diners return Lueck mentioned: “Persons are excited, individuals are comfortable. Everyone needs to get exterior and do issues and go locations and really feel secure doing it.”

Like the purchasers, The Oxbow Lodge and The Lakely are comfortable to be again.

Because it adjusts to being open once more, The Lakely will solely be open six days every week. They hope to open on Sundays within the close to future.

Lueck mentioned they’re additionally making ready for the return of weddings this fall.

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