Crews have begun tearing down part of the building that once housed a Hooters restaurant at 60 Congress St.
The rest of the four-story brick building will be renovated into office space, Zane Mirkin, one of the new owners, said Monday.
Mirkin, owner of Associated Building Wreckers in Springfield, and Jerome J. Gagliarducci of Gagliarducci Construction, bought 60 Congress St. and the contents at a tax foreclosure auction in June for $605,000.
In September, Mirkin and Gagliarducci had the building's contents, including kitchen equipment, tables and chairs, auctioned.
The Hooters franchise and the Double Door Mexican Grill closed down suddenly in 2006. Before Hooters, the building was home to a Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant.
Mirkin said there have been two additions to the building. One toward the front of the building is coming down as part of the renovations.
The structure totals 54,477 square feet.