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.
5. The Clarendon in 2005
Jeff Hind and John Taylor who were converting the oldest pub in Sunderland, the Clarendon, into a private brewery and pub in 2005.
6. The Londonderry n 2003
Laura Tuy and Margaret Graham were pictured supporting the Sunderland Echo's campaign on responsible drinking 18 years ago.
7. Pictured in Fitzgeralds
Landlord Matt Aldis pictured in Fitzgeralds 17 years ago.
8. Back to 2006 in Washington
The Quids In bar at Washington was in the picture 15 years ago when it held a karaoke competition. Remember it?