Frankie & Benny’s Italian American restaurant chain is opening a branch in Hartlepool.
The former Burger King at the town’s Anchor Retail park is understood to be the location of the eatery.
Work has been happening at the building off Marina Way for the last few weeks.
Hartlepool Borough Council said it was part of plans to extend the premises and make other alterations.
A spokesman for Frankie & Benny’s confirmed it is coming to Hartlepool and intends to open either later this year or early next year.
Hartlepool council said planning permission for the alterations to the former Burger King was granted last year and it understands Frankie & Benny’s to be the new occupier.
Burger King closed 12 months ago, just a year after it closed its doors suddenly and bailiffs moved in to repossess the premises.
It had been run by a franchise under the name of Windmill (NI) Restaurants but which had been wound up. The nearest Frankie & Benny’s to Hartlepool currently are in Middlesbrough and at Teesside Retail Park.