Onalaska building torn down for Skogen Project park and restaurant

Park to open in fall, restaurant in winter

Onalaska building torn down for...

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - More green space is coming to Onalaska thanks to an ongoing makeover of the city's downtown area.

Crews began tearing down the old 'Apefish & Company' building along Onalaska's Main street and Second avenue Thursday morning. Construction includes three other lots: the Scoreboard Tavern torn down last fall, the Monsoor building scheduled for demolition in the next couple of weeks, and an empty lot.

The project, backed by Festival Foods founders Dave and Barb Skogen, will build green space and a small restaurant for people to enjoy the Black River.

"The community's been awful good to the Skogen family for 70-plus years. Here's an opportunity that only comes around once, and the timing is perfect I think,” said Festival Foods Chairman Dave Skogen.

The park is expected to open late this fall, and the restaurant will follow sometime this winter.

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