CONSTRUCTION work on a new pub and family restaurant on a former derelict site is progressing well with the business expected to be open in the next two months.
Last summer Hartlepool Borough Council gave planning permission for Greene King Developments to build the Hungry Horse pub and restaurant on the corner of Belle Vue Way and Brenda Road, in Hartlepool.
Initial work included clearing the derelict site of overgrown bushes and grass ahead of the construction work, which started last Autumn.
It is now well underway, and the new pub and family restaurant is now expected to be open for business by March.
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 is being built in the north eastern corner of the site, with room for 79 car parking spaces outside of the building.
Once complete, the ground floor will include 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.
The Hungry Horse site is opposite the popular Tees Bay Retail Park, off one of the main roads into the town centre.
When planning permission was granted, councillors said it is 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.
The Mowbray pub in Mowbray Road, on the Fens area of town, is also being converted into a new business venture.