Meet the Team: Danis Construction

Behind every great building, there’s an even greater team of designers, engineers, architects and contractors collaborating toward a common goal. The Cowford Chophouse is no exception.


If you drive past the Cowford Chophouse site, you’ll notice the Danis logo emblazoned across fence signs, work vests, and hard hats. Look familiar? The Danis name has been synonymous with Downtown development for several years. From the newly renovated Jessie Ball duPont Center, to the law offices of Farah & Farah, and even the Daily’s Place at EverBank Field practice facility and covered amphitheater (which broke ground in August 2016), Danis has played a role in some of the most significant projects in recent Downtown history.

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“We’re honored to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the growth of Downtown Jacksonville,” said Steve Betz, President of Danis. “The Cowford Chophouse building is a local landmark, and we’re honored to work alongside Jacques Klempf and the whole Forking Amazing Restaurants team to bring it back to life.”

The Cowford Chophouse isn’t the first time Danis and Forking Amazing Restaurants have worked together. In 2015, Forking Amazing Restaurants contracted Danis to complete the renovation of Il Desco, a modern Italian restaurant located in a historic building at the corner of Park and King Streets in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood.

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“Danis jumped right in and understood our vision for Il Desco from our first meeting,” said Jacques Klempf, co-founder of Forking Amazing Restaurants. “We’re thrilled to work with the Danis team again for the Cowford Chophouse.”

Danis started in 1916 in Dayton, Ohio. The founder, B.G. Danis, Sr., believed in hiring hardworking, creative individuals to bring his clients’ visions to life. That philosophy has carried Danis through 100 years of growth, including expansions to Columbis, Cincinnati, Raleigh, and Jacksonville. We look forward to seeing the Cowford Chophouse become part of Danis’ portfolio of successful projects.

Welcome to the team, Danis!

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