Bosses behind a Preston bistro plan say they are hoping to open by mid-2018.
Scaffolding is up around the former Fishergate Baptist Church which is being converted to a restaurant Bistrot Pierre.
Bistrot Pierre’s co-owner Rob Beacham says he is optimistic of an opening in mid-2018.
He said: “We are aiming for late spring, early summer but that must always have the caveat attached that it’s an old building that’s being worked on and things don’t always go to plan with old buildings such as this one. The current works are to provide the shell we asked for.
The bistrot will seat more than 200 diners with space for 164 customers inside and 50 outside. It will have a French inspired menu, bring 50 jobs, and is the first time the chain has moved into a former church.
The co-owner added: “The beautiful high ceilings and intricate window details are features I’m particularly excited about – it’s going to be a breath-taking space.”