RESTAURATEURS behind a national chain are set be at the heart of the Palm Court redevelopment.
French restaurant group Le Bistrot Pierre will open a flagship eatery in the seafront site creating at least 35 jobs.
The chain, which opened a branch at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth last Easter, will be investing a 'substantial six-figure sum' to open up in the £12million Torquay scheme in 2014.
"Abbey Sands is going to be a very striking addition to the Torquay seafront," said Rob Beacham, co-founder of Le Bistrot Pierre.
"It will be a landmark building for Torbay and we are delighted to be part of such a prestigious scheme."
The success of the Plymouth bistrot confirmed the group's intentions to move into Torquay
"The Le Bistrot Pierre approach to dining is relaxed and welcoming," said Mr Beacham.
"Each of our bistrots is styled a little differently to complement the building it is in but, whilst our look changes between each bistrot, customers can expect the same personal, attentive service and high quality simple French cookery to enjoy every day."
The company prides itself on preparing all food on site, from sauces through to desserts, in the style of typical continental bistrots.
Some food, such as the nutty flavoured St Marcellin cheese from Isere, the Toulouse sausage and the traditional escargot from Burgundy, are imported but they aim to source local suppliers wherever possible.
They plan to offer the same seafood range as Plymouth where oysters come from the River Yealm; mussels from the River Exe and crabs are caught in Brixham.
Carolyn Custerson, chief executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company and chairman of Visit Devon, said: "Tourism is the lifeblood of the region and it is reassuring to see the commitment of valued businesses to the local economy which, combined with the new South Devon link road, will only serve to strengthen the Devon economy."
John Havard, director of Havard Estates which is behind the works, said: "We are delighted that Le Bistrot Pierre sees the potential offered by Torquay and has agreed to form part of this exciting development."