Jacksonville, Fl. - The steakhouse moving into the historic Bostwick Building hit a milestone Friday. Construction crews installed the highest steel beam on the Cowford Chophouse.
The brick building located at 101 East Bay Street has been a treasure spot in the heart of the river city for generations.
Construction crews have been working for about two years to keep some of the building’s original charm while getting one step closer to opening.
The owners and city leaders said the step brings good luck to the future restaurant.
“This building will be a beautiful edition to Downtown Jacksonville and it’s going to be here for a long, long time,” said the Cowford Chophouse owner Jacques Klempf.
Klempf said preserving a historical building has many challenges.
“It’s like demolishing a building preciously and cataloging everything, and then bringing it all back and putting it back up,” Klempf said.
Friday’s topping off ceremony celebrates a major turning point in the project. The vice president of Danis Construction, Tony Suttles, said the 51-foot steel beam is a good addition to help keep the building’s essence.
“The structure is nearly complete and the reconstruction building will be as tall as it will ever be,” Suttles said.
The steel beam was signed by the dozens of people who invested in the project.
The event is also about celebrating the success and the future of the quaint restaurant in Downtown Jacksonville.
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