The Fort Myers City Council officially accepted the recommendation from the City Selection Committee to move forward with Mainsail Lodging & Development, paving the way for the creation of Oxbow Bar & Grill, a new waterfront restaurant in downtown Fort Myers. Located in the city-owned pier building on Hendry Street, the new restaurant development on the Caloosahatchee will also feature retail space and rental services including kayaks, paddleboards, motorized watercraft and bicycles for exploring downtown streets and waterways. The timeline has not been set, but Mainsail hopes to coordinate the construction and opening of the Oxbow project to coincide with the opening of the recently announced Luminary Hotel.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to take an integral role in making the city’s vision for a fully activated riverfront in downtown Fort Myers a reality,” said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “As an independent restaurant, Oxbow will deliver an exceptional dining experience, but will also draw more people downtown to the water’s edge by offering an experiential component ideal for group activities, eco-tourism and adventure travel for visitors and locals alike.”
Inspired by its location on the Caloosahatchee, the 150-seat Oxbow Bar & Grill will offer both indoor and outdoor seating and menu selections such as fresh shrimp, oysters and other signature favorites, spanning seafood, craft sandwiches and steaks. Oxbow will also capture the wonder of the natural landscape and celebrate urban adventure by offering a watersports outfitter with kayak and paddleboard rentals, as well as a retail store for outdoor equipment, attire, accessories and destination souvenirs.
Oxbow is the latest in a flurry of recent Mainsail development projects in Fort Myers, including the recently unveiled 243-room Luminary Hotel & Co. and the rebranding of the Harborside Event Center. “There’s a lot going on in Fort Myers right now and we’re thrilled to be making a significant investment in the Pier Building as part of the transformation that’s taking place downtown,” added Joe Collier.