The site of the new Oxbow Restaurant in Fort Myers has an interesting history. It was originally known as the Fort Myers City Pier Building on the Calooosahatchee River. It was built in 1999 at a cost.of 1.9 million dollars. The purpose of the structure was to establish high speed ferry service to Key West. $20,000 was set aside for a party at the start of service. Unfortunately, the service never happened.
For a time, the building was used as the site of Art of Olympians Museum and Galleries. The museum sought to showcase the connection between sports and art. Unfortunately, the museum closed. The building served as a sales office for condominiums for a while.
Oxbow and its parent company Mansail Lodging and Development won the right to the building at 1300 Hemdry Street in 2017. The Oxbow opened in March, 2021. It is the only riverfront restaurant in downtown Fort Myers. It is 5000 square feet. It seats 150. The 2400 square feet second floor is to be used for private events.