Work is under way to transform Sergeant Pepper’s Bistro, in Smithdown Place, Allerton, which has stood empty for several years.
The former tram ticket office and public toilet faces the top of Penny Lane where it meets Allerton Road, and remains a popular stop-off for tourists on the Fab Four trail.
Developers hope the new look, which will include the addition of an upper floor and a new glass frontage, will prove a hit with residents and visitors.
Tony Shields, of Escudo Designs, who finalised the plans, said: “The development has a long history and we are the last in a series of architects to work on the designs.
“The frame is up and building work is going ahead and it should be completed in the near future.”
The new designs, approved at the end of last year by city planners, include a glass entrance, with ceiling length windows on the top floor.
Previously submitted plans in 2009 were approved on the basis the transparent upper floor would not obscure the view of nearby St Barnabas’s church.
Mr Shields said: “Because of that condition, there was a lot of focus on making sure the upper floor was transparent, but also ensuring it had as big a footprint as possible to provide the dining capacity that will be needed.”
Businessman Ray Maatook, the building’s owner, is currently holding talks with a number of operators who could come in and run the restaurant once the building work is finished.
The ECHO understands that the name and theme of the reopened restaurant will be subject to agreement between the parties involved.
Mr Shields said: “It will depend on the end user, but I think anyone taking the building on needs to appreciate what it is, what it means to people and how iconic it is in the city.”
By Steve Graves