BAR Red Square has become the latest town centre bar to shut down and be replaced by an eatery.
The High Street venue closed its doors three weeks ago and will now become a French Mediterranean restaurant called La Rochelle.
Director Yasar Koksal previously ran two restaurants in Croydon and has been drawn back to the town as he believes it has a bright future.
He told the Advertiser: "I think the area needs something like this and that's why I have decided to come back.
"All the bars are shutting down and all the nice restaurants are coming along.
"Croydon is coming up and all the violence has gone away. Croydon is a better place for business.
"The key is to have good service and good-quality food and we've also got the new council offices opening right behind us."
The closure of Bar Red Square follows a number of bars that have shut around the town centre and reopened as something completely different.
The former Manhattan bar next door is set to become a Sainsbury's. The new supermarket, which is due to open on September 10, has already gained permission to serve alcohol from 6am.
Earlier this year, the old Hub nightclub under the Croydon Flyover turned into a top-flight restaurant as part of an expansion by Il Ponte.
Elsewhere, Australian-themed bar Walkabout, in Crown Hill, has become a 99p store and the Blue Orchid nightclub site in Park Lane remains boarded up but is still advertising gym and leisure opportunities.
Mr Koksal used to run Le Bien Manger in Croydon High Street, which is now Miso noodle bar, and Jardin de Provence, in South End, South Croydon, which is now the Mirch Masala.
He sold the businesses in 2008.
Mr Koksal added: "Kate Moss used to be a regular, she used to come to Jardin all the time."
La Rochelle is set to open in mid-September and follows the shock closure of Malcolm John's Le Cassoulet earlier this month.