Council officers will decide this week whether to grant an alcohol licence for a planned Overgate restaurant.
Frankie and Benny’s was granted planning permission by Dundee City Council to open an eatery in the centre back in January.
Unit L18 in the mall, which was previously occupied by WH Smith, will be transformed into a branch of the Italian-American restaurant chain.
The unit is on the ground floor of the Overgate.
A spokesman for the chain said the restaurant opening would create an estimated 30 jobs.
He added that the store would be opening in the autumn, but did not give a specific date.
Although permission was granted in January, the inside of the premises remains an empty shell, as the new owners prepare to strip out the shop over the next 12 weeks.
The decision of whether to grant an alcohol licence will be made on Thursday by the council’s licensing board.
The chain will be the second major restaurant to open in the centre in less than a year, following the Five Guys burger chain opening in November.
The plans for the new restaurant include 34 tables — plus eight booths for larger parties.
A bar is also present in the plans, with added seating for those going in for a drink, and a large kitchen to the rear of the unit.
Once opened, the unit will have the capacity to seat up to 145 customers.
In a covering letter, written by agents CBRE and attached to the planning application, which was accepted in January, said: “The introduction of restaurant use into the city centre retail frontage area will enhance the diversity of uses in this part of the city centre and attract visitors into the city centre, a factor that is considered to be largely important to town centres.
“The change of use will benefit the shopping centre, as well as attracting footfall.”
The rental of an empty unit will be welcomed by centre management, following several traders ending their leases in the past year.
The closure of WH Smith in June was followed by clothing stores CC Viyella and French Connection.
French Connection vacated their premises in January, after deciding the rental price for the unit was too high for the current retail climate.
Then in April, owners of fast food retailer Burger King decided not to renew its lease.
An Overgate spokeswoman said that the exchange service provider, No1 Currency, was set to take on the lease on the former Burger King unit.
No1 Currency already has a shop in Brook Street in Broughty Ferry.
The first Frankie and Benny’s restaurant opened in 1995 in Leicester, and now the chain has more than 200 locations across the UK, including Perth.