Pub chain JD Wetherspoon wants to open a new Brighton city centre bar.
The brand, which has built a reputation for selling cheap drinks, has applied for a licence to open in the former Javu bar on the corner of North Street and Bond Street.
The chain already has one city centre venue in nearby West Street.
Its new site has had a chequered reputation in the past. It was shut down by police in 2006, when it was called Saqqara, after two mass brawls and a string of complaints. At the time it was owned by the controversial Majeed family, who became notorious for an unpopular takeover of Crawley Town Football Club.
Brighton and Hove City Council will decide whether to grant Wetherspoon the licence in the next few weeks.
It is also considering an application for a licence for a new Indian restaurant called Planet Bollywood opposite St Peter’s Church in York Place, at the site of Japanese bar/restaurant Oki-Nama.