Signs go up for Coco & Rum at former TS:One bar on Middlesbrough's Linthorpe Road

Signs have gone up for a popular restaurant at a former town centre bar.

Coco & Rum signage has been erected at the old TS:One bar, on Middlesbrough's Linthorpe Road to the delight of foodies. Coco & Rum - the team behind Redcar’s popular Lemongrass Thai restaurant - is expanding to the premises.

Workers were spotted outside the venue on Monday afternoon after a large sign was added to the front of the building and signage on the windows. In February, Teesside Live reported plans to transform the former TS:One bar in Middlesbrough into a restaurant were approved.

A planning application was submitted to Middlesbrough Council to "bring a vibrant and contemporary dining experience to the area while preserving the existing exterior." It came just weeks after an initial plan for the building was refused over an "alien" conservatory design for the outside that would be "in contrast to the listed building’s architecture."

Teesside Live previously reported the venue was bought by the owner of Saltburn's Coco & Rum restaurant and teams spotted working inside the building in February.

The TS:One building formerly operated as a Barclays Bank until 1976 when it became the office for Leech Homes. It opened its doors as the popular bar back in 2013 and was previously part of The Dickens Inn family before closing for good in July 2022. Plans stated the premises will not operate outside the hours of 11am and 12am Monday to Saturday and 11am and 12am on Sunday and bank holidays.

It was also stated that there would be no changes to the exterior or design of the building in a bid to "retain the architectural character of the existing structure, respecting its historical context." Despite no objections being lodged against the original plans, the council decided to throw out the bid, stating that the conservatory "would harm the significance of this Local List Building."