Financial News and Daily Record: $1 Million build-out for FSCJ Downtown Café on Adams

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On track to open this fall, the Florida State College at Jacksonville Culinary Café is in review for a $1 million interior construction job.

Danis Construction LLC will build-out 5,072 square feet of ground-floor space at FSCJ’s residential project at 20 W. Adams St. for the café.

The Lerner Building is under renovation to provide housing for almost 60 students in the six-story structure. FSCJ will lease the building from landlord Eugene Profit.

Pending the construction timeline by the contractor and landlord, the college expects the 20-suite build-out and 90-seat restaurant to be completed for the fall class term, which starts Aug. 28.

The Culinary Café will operate under the direction of the college’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality program and will be open to the public.

Philanthropist Jim Winston donated $100,000 in support of the cafe’s 12-seat private dining area, which will be called The Winston Room. Those seats are part of the 90 total.

That room will be available for meetings and community groups and will include technology for presentations.

The “farm to table” counter-service restaurant will operate for breakfast and lunch five days a week. The venue also will be available at nights and on weekends for private events.

No dinner service is planned but FSCJ said private catered events are an option to those interested.