Hoardings have gone up around the Terminus Pub site in the town centre as work begins on the new Bill’s Restaurant.
The firm behind the popular eatery has begun recruiting for staff and renovation work is being carried out inside the former public house, which closed last October.
It is hoped the restaurant will be open in time for the busy summer months.
Bill’s announced it was coming to Eastbourne late last month and the news has caused great excitement and hope it will rejuvenate that particular end of the town.
The Chamber of Commerce is the latest organisation to welcome Bill’s arrival in the town.
Christina Ewbank, the chief executive of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, which represents hundreds of businesses in the town, said she was delighted.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bill’s to Eastbourne and to have supported the council in securing such a well-known and popular brand for the town centre,” said Christina.
“With the first Eastbourne Market of 2014 taking place on March 26, the next few months promises to be an exciting time for Terminus Road and for Eastbourne as it secures its reputation as a leading leisure and shopping destination.”
Bill’s is a popular chain which started out on a shed in Lewes and now has cafes and associated shops in Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Covent Garden and Cambridge. As well as serving food, it sells food products.
Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt said, “For the last five years colleagues at Eastbourne Borough Council have been in dialogue with Bill’s about coming to Eastbourne and I’m so delighted that this ambition will now be realised,” he said.
“It is fantastic news and at a time when we are transforming the town centre retail experience it represents a massive vote of confidence in Eastbourne by a very high profile and respected brand. I know lots of people from Eastbourne travel to Lewes and Brighton just because Bill’s is so popular.”