Despite the fact a set of wood-carved smoking shelters have disappeared from the front of Chilli Village in Northampton - a spokeswoman said the restaurant is still planning a December open date.
Workers first began renovating the former Fusion Buffet site in Wellingborough Road in 2014, but despite numerous projected opening dates, Chilli Village remains shut.
In a recent setback, the set of five huts on the front of the premises have been removed by order of Northampton Borough Council for not having planning permission.
Cabinet member for regeneration and planning, Councillor Tim Hadland, said: “We have issued an enforcement notice for the removal of the huts at Chilli Village.
“Planning permission had not been secured prior to their installation and was not likely to be retrospectively granted in this case. We are in discussion with the owners about this matter.”
The disappearance of the huts prompted speculation on social media that Chilli Village would not be opening after all.
But yesterday a spokeswoman for the eatery said it is on track for a December opening, pending approval of certain matters with the borough council.
In October a recruitment drive was launched via the new restaurant’s Facebook page, calling for a restaurant manager, a head chef and a sous chef to apply.
The new restaurant has prompted as much curiosity as it has anticipation since first being announced as taking over a site next to the derelict St Edmunds Hospital in 2014, with more than 1,800 people following its Facebook page.
Tractors appeared out the front earlier in the year and the carved smoking shelters soon followed.
Curiously though, the venue already has 25 Facebook reviews and an average rating of 3.8 stars out of five, despite not being open.