In what will be an Eastenders first, Kathy (played by Gillian Taylforth) will open the bar with money raised from the sale of the expensive necklace her son Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) gave her after stealing it.
Using the money for something good, she buys the lease for the bar and decides to convert it into an Albert Square LGBTQ+ venue.
Viewers of the BBC soap will see her go through dozens of names before finally arriving at the name The Prince Albert in a nod to its roots.
She will be a pioneer in the land of the soaps as it will be the first gay bar opened on a permanent set in the UK.
The space is set to offer a different night out than the traditional pub The Queen Vic and will allow greater freedom for the show’s LGBTQ+ character like Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White) and Bernadette Taylor (Clair Norris).
EastEnders producers released a statement confirming the news: “Keen to overhaul the bar’s look and name, Kathy deliberates on what to call it and after some inspiration settles on The Prince Albert.
“It’s never plain sailing for a Walford boozer; with both The Queen Vic and the E20 providing backdrops for some of EastEnders’ most dramatic moments.
“From a simple pint over the head to numerous affair reveals and even murder, Walford watering holes are often very dangerous places.
“As Kathy settles in behind the bar, only time will tell what drama will unfold on the dancefloor…”
Her son Ben came out in 2011 and has since faced a traumatic love life and has gone through some darker storylines.
He was involved in a committed relationship with Paul Coker (Jonny Labey), who was sadly murdered in a horrific homophobic attack.
Kathy will hope the bar will be a good distraction for Ben and turn him away from a life of crime.
In a bid to promote London’s multiculturalism, producer Kate Oates has decided to include more LGBTQ+ culture on Albert Square.
When the news was announced, she revealed on the soap’s Twitter page: “I’m really interested in bringing some more LGBTQ characters in.
“We’re looking at opening a gay bar on the Square which will be a super-cool precinct where gay and straight characters can all just hang out.