Rumours abound in Hester's Way that a pub once compared to the Marie Celeste may return.
The Gold Cup on the corner of Prince Elizabeth way and Coronation Square was closed suddenly in 2005, with glasses still on the bar, and has remained locked and shuttered ever since.
But last week workmen arrived and removed the sign.
And locals have heard that the pub may be about to reopen.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "A friend of ours said it might be a Wetherspoons.
"I used to go to the Gold Cup a long time ago but I don't know if I would now."
But another resident, who only wanted to be identified as Debbie, said: "I'd go there. But I really want it to be a good, respectable family place, not a pub for riff-raff.
"I think it would be good to have one open again."
Debbie's friend said: "I was told that a woman has bought it and taken it over and it's going to open again."
But despite the rumours, neighbouring businesses to the pub haven't heard anything. Munya Geza, who works in Betfred three doors away from the shell of the Gold Cup, said: "We haven't had a letter or heard anything at all, no."
And at the popular corner cafe, Carmello's, the owner – who said "everyone knows me as Carmello's Tommy" – added: "I don't know anything about the pub.
"There's a chicken shop going to open two doors away."
But not everyone was enthusiastic about the possibility of the square having a pub for the first time in nine years.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "I don't know whether it will work. They've tried pubs there before and changed them and they've always been a bit of a nightmare really."
When the new owners of the square went inside the pub for the first time in eight years last spring, they saw the grim sight of half-full glasses and dirty plates still sitting on the bar, and beer pumps covered in years of dust and grime.
Parts of the ceiling had collapsed, the floor was pocked with holes where the wooden surface has caved in, and the toilets were broken.
Despite the rumours and the activity of workmen last week, yesterday the pub remained silent with its windows covered by plywood and steel and high fences barring access to the door and yard behind.
The group of investors which are now the owners of Coronation Square, are working to revamp and regenerate the shopping area.
They are funding new frontages to shops and renovating flats above them into high-spec living accommodation.
They have employed commercial estate agency Savills in Bristol to try to find new tenants for the pub.
Nobody from Savills or the owners was available to comment, but Wetherspoons said they were not looking at taking on the pub.