Popular Lake Minnetonka venue Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge has announced it will be shuttering for the winter season amid the ongoing downturn in the restaurant industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lakeside restaurant says that with winter approaching, and with a 50% capacity restriction still in place for dine-in service at Minnesota restaurants and bars, it's taking the decision to close for the winter as of Oct. 12.
It comes the same week that Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis made a similar decision to close for the winter in November.
Winters are challenging times for restaurants as it is in Minnesota, and with fewer people dining out due to the pandemic, patio dining becoming nigh-on impossible, and the ongoing capacity restrictions, establishments will find it harder than ever to survive.
"This decision was not made lightly," Lord Fletcher's wrote on its Facebook page. "Lord Fletcher's has been an integral part of the west metro and the Lake Minnetonka community for over 52 years."
"COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the restaurant industry locally and nationwide," it added. "Temporary closing is not our preference, but it's a measure we must take as we continue to push through the devastating economic effects of the pandemic.
"We look forward to making memories with you again in spring 2021."