In the meantime, let’s re-live some memories by taking a look inside some Sunderland hostelries in times gone by.
From the East End to High Street East, we have plenty of reminders of locals from the Sunderland Echo archives.
Some are waiting to re-open while others are merely fond memories.
But let’s enjoy a look back to happy times in the pubs we’ve loved.
1. Deptford in 2006
The King's Arms in Deptford 15 years ago, on the day it was named Camra North East Pub of the Year.
2. One the oche at Jollies
Darts stars Cliff Lazarenko and Keith Deller are pictured with members of the Jollies pub darts teams in 2005.
3. The William Jameson in 2004
Pictured at the bar of the William Jameson 17 years ago.
4. Inside the Boars Head
Brenda Leek pictured at the refurbished bar of the Boars Head in 2005.