New owners Michael Dawson and Chico Gomes, who also own the Craster Arms and Saltwater Cafe in Beadnell, had hoped the venue would be open by late spring.
However, renovations have now come to a halt to help prevent the further spread of coronavirus.
Michael said: “Due to the current situation all work at the Black has been put on hold with a view to restarting in the autumn
“We’re now concentrating as best we can to try and support our local community around Beadnell and Seahouses by offering a free food delivery and a prescription delivery service to the elderly and vulnerable.”
Part of the plan by Neil Wilson Design is to extend into the existing open area/lean-to roofed courtyard space, enclosing the structure to provide year-round seating.
Efforts will also be made to maximise views across the harbour, while the bar will be extended to facilitate a bespoke cocktail menu.There will also be an extended kitchen fully fitted with new equipment and extraction with a higher level of noise and odour control.The scheme will create four additional full-time and up to six more seasonal jobs.