DOZENS of new jobs are set to be created when a new pub and family restaurant opens its doors.
The Stag and Monkey, being built on the corner of Belle Vue Way and Brenda Road, in Hartlepool, will create 70 full and part-time posts when it opens at the end of April.
Construction work on the main building, which is part of the Hungry Horse chain, is complete with work ongoing to fit the inside out and to complete the adjacent car park.
Last summer Hartlepool Borough Council gave planning permission for Greene King Developments to build on the former derelict site, opposite the popular Tees Bay Retail Park, off one of the main roads into the town centre.
Work started last Autumn and it was initially due to open for business in March but bosses say it will now be next month.
A Hungry Horse spokeswoman said: “We are excited with the progress of our new family-friendly Hungry Horse, which will open at the end of April and create 70 full and part-time local jobs.
“Our customers have named it the Stag and Monkey and it will offer a wide choice of food and drink at outstanding prices, in modern and comfortable surroundings.”
The overgrown land had been empty for several years, but it was once used to house an occupational therapy centre and then a child guidance centre.
The Hungry Horse pub has been built in the north eastern corner of the site, with room for 79 car parking spaces.
The ground floor includes the restaurant and bar area and beer cellar/wines and spirits store with a flat for the manager and a second flat for the assistant manager on the first floor.
When planning permission was granted, councillors said the new pub and family restaurant was a welcome boost to the town after several pubs have closed or been demolished in recent years after struggling to stay afloat.
They have made way for new food shops.
They include The Powlett pub, off Powlett Road, The Shakespeare, in Catcote Road, The Pink Domino, in Brierton Lane, and The Station Hotel, in Station Lane in Seaton Carew.
Work on the Stag and Monkey has coincided with road traffic improvements to the junction on the corner of Belle Vue Way and Brenda Road.