Blankets went over the windows and Regier Construction teams began demolition on the inside of 512 N Main, where Fuji Japanese Bistro and Jacky Chenn III once served Asian foods, this week.
The building will get a new life and a new owner. A restaurant no more, the space will be converted into professional offices and house Knudsen and Monroe. Knudsen and Monroe created Mainstree Building LLC to purchase and own the property.
Daryl Wedel, a partner in the company, made the official announcement in front of staff Feb. 13.
"This will be our new home," Wedel said. "We are very excited about it. .. We are blessed to have the opportunity to have the staff we have now to continue our business and move here downtown. We are excited to move here, this is a great block of downtown and this is a great location.
They closed on the sale of the property Feb. 12.
Knudsen Monroe & Company LLC is an audit and accounting firm that currently uses offices at 301 N Main St., No. 110, the Old Mill Building.
"This will give us about 2,000 more square feet, and there will be no stairs to go up and down," said Vonda Brecheisen, a partner with Knudsen and Monroe.
The company hosted a wall breaking, in lieu of a groundbreaking ceremony, with a meal for employees Feb. 13 at the building.
"This event today was so that all of our staff is involved and is brought into the process," Brecheisen said.
Renovations are expected to take about six months.
Knudsen Monroe will use the ground floor but does have an eye on the second story of the building for future use.
"We will clean up and then seal off the top floor," Brecheisen said. "We are talking about letting staff walk up there. We will put an elevator shaft in, so at some point, we can use the upstairs."