A hotel in Clacton is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment to be brought back to life, with the hope of opening its doors in May.
The historic Royal Hotel, which has been part empty for more than a decade, is being given a new lease of life alongside two new restaurants, The Royal Bar and Cavery and the Royal American Diner.
Leaseholder Savvas Kounis will run the businesses with his son Paul, who together make up the family firm.
The experienced north London businessmen have previously owned restaurants and snooker clubs throughout Essex and the capital, and Paul has already relocated to Clacton to oversee the project.
In 2010, The Royal Hotel was auctioned off for a guide price between £800k and £1m after refurbishment works were delayed when owner Michael Chittenden left the project.
At that time, the hotel had permission for part demolition and refurbishment to form an extended 25-bed hotel and 47 apartments, as well as seven shops, a bar and restaurant.
The building has been unoccupied by 1995 and had fallen into disrepair.