Bulldozers have moved in to demolish a restaurant at Liverpool's Pier Head to make way for the new Mersey ferry terminal.
The ferries are one of the biggest attractions in the region
The work to clear away the Shanghai Palace Chinese restaurant is expected to take about three weeks.
It will provide easy access to a new landing stage and an area for a new visitor attraction.
The £10m terminal, which will be completed in 2008, will include a cafe and shops.
Neil Scales, chief executive of Merseytravel, said: "The Mersey Ferries are the most popular paid for attraction in the region and we want to continue to improve the service by transforming Pier Head Ferry Terminal.
"It's vital we don't stand still."