Application: Former downtown Eau Claire Ramada to be called The Lismore

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The re-opening of the former Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Eau Claire is now planned for January 1, 2015.

That's according to a liquor license application for The Lismore. It is scheduled to be considered at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The Lismore appears to be the new name for the property at 205 S. Barstow Street in Eau Claire. Although the application says that the entire layout and plans aren't final right now, the facility is expected to have 112 hotel rooms, a larger restaurant and bar area, a private dining area, coffee shop, and two levels of convention center adjacent to the hotel. The application refers to the convention center as Community Hall.

After three foreclosure sales for the building in about three months' time in 2013, Zach Halmstad's company Pablo Properties bought the property in January for $1,600,000. Halmstad also is a founder of JAMF Software, which is building a new office building near Phoenix Park.

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