A restaurant will bring up to 20 jobs into a town when it opens later this year.
Following on from the announcement that upmarket Italian chain Prezzo wants to open in Kettering, bosses have said the restaurant is likely to open in autumn.
It is estimated that 15 to 20 jobs will be created when it opens in the Restaurant Quarter in Market Place.
After being recently granted a licence to sell alcohol, works will start between mid July and mid August, with the chain set to open the restaurant 10 weeks after development starts.
Development will cost more than £500,000.
Cllr Terry Freer, portfolio holder for regeneration at Kettering Council, said: “This is really good news.
“It’s been a long haul and really hard work, but things are happening now.
“Hopefully this will be a forerunner to other developments in the town centre now.
“We can see some green shoots now. We’ve got Prezzo opening, and Mazza are set to bring an Indian restaurant to the town centre too.”
The two buildings in Market Place, dubbed the Restaurant Quarter by the council, have stood empty for close to a year.
Prezzo will open in unit two.