Kat and Alfie Moon are to regain control of the Queen Vic in EastEnders.
The Albert Square pub will be destroyed in a fire later this year, but the popular couple will reportedly set about saving its smouldering ruins on their return to the show.
A source told the Mirror: “People know Peggy is leaving and now they know about the blaze but what they don’t know is it coincides with Alfie and Kat coming back.
“He used to be the landlord and will get back control of the boozer, albeit in a terrible state, after the blaze.”
There are rumours the pub will be burned deliberately by a well-known character, but it is not yet known how the pub will be rebuilt.
The source said: “Alfie has big plans and wants to bring the Queen Vic back in all its glory so it will be busier than ever and make a fortune. That could mean it goes upmarket, selling more wine and posh food.
“Or he could try to make it more of a traditional boozer but without the dodgy carpet and tired furniture.”
The couple, played by Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie, were last seen on Christmas Day 2005, when they set off to drive across America in a Ford Capri.