As confidence in the food service sector surges, four restaurants are planning to open locations in Palm Desert this fall.

Palm Springs mainstay deli Manhattan in the Desert and Shogun, a high-end Japanese steak and sushi eatery, are taking the two restaurant spaces that are vacant at 74-225 Highway 111.

Meanwhile, Mexican restaurant Pueblo Viejo Grill is preparing its second Palm Desert location. And Thai Smile is moving from Rancho Mirage to the El Paseo shopping district.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Lyle & Associates' Steve Lyle, who handled three of the four transactions, said the improving economy and the success of newer eateries including Si Bon in Rancho Mirage and Mastro's steakhouse on El Paseo have given other restauranteurs more confidence to expand.

"There is a major shakeup occurring in the restaurant scene in Palm Desert this summer," Lyle said. "Once all the dust settles there will be an impressive new line up of eateries with a vast assortment of new and unique menu items to enjoy."

Manhattan in the Desert owner Jamie Pinto said his new restaurant will have the same pastrami, brisket and other popular Jewish fare as the current deli, as well as a full bar.

"It'll be very comfortable, but it'll have a very high-end feel as far as the ambiance goes," said Pinto, who hopes to appeal to workers and visitors at nearby financial businesses.

Owner Ocean Properties Development remodeled the building, which was constructed in 1948 by Russell Henderson, one of Palm Desert's founders. Some local preservationists objected to the overhaul before it got city approval in 2012.

It was last home to the original LG's Steakhouse, which occupied the west side for 20 years before closing in 2011. The east side was a Kaiser Grille, which morphed into a seafood restaurant before closing about five years ago.

Pinto, who bought Manhattan in the Desert 3½ years ago, started looking for a second location in response to inquiries from customers who would regularly drive to Palm Springs from Palm Desert or points east.

Construction is under way at the new location, and Pinto is hoping to have it open by Oct. 1. There will be about 60 employees, including a few who now work at the East Palm Canyon Drive location.

Next door will be Shogun, a chain that owner Bruce Kanenobu launched in Pasadena in 1980. The former LG's location will now feature several teppanyaki stations and a sushi bar along with traditional dining.

"I like the El Paseo name, and Palm Desert is very nice," said Kanenobu, who also said he's vying for an upscale vibe for his space, which is a little bigger than Manhattan in the Desert's.

A couple miles to the west is 72-650 El Paseo, a spot in the Palms to Pines shopping center that has sat empty since TGI Friday's closed about eight years ago.

Alba Cruz wants to change that by opening another Pueblo Viejo Grille location. The family-run business is already on Highway 111 in Indio and at Cook Street and Gerald Ford Drive in Palm Desert.

Not long after opening the Palm Desert location in November 2012, Cruz said her uncle noticed the building was on the market and hinted the family should take a look at it.

The building needs quite a bit of work after sitting empty for so long, she said. They're keeping a few elements but lightenin­g up TGI Friday's dark wood.

The family is projecting another Nov. 1 grand opening date for the newest restaurant, which will serve chile verde and other regionally familiar favorites. With seating for 220 diners, it is twice as large as the existing location.

"We'll be able to do the big parties," Cruz said. "We had people who wanted to rent out the whole restaurant, but we wanted to be able to stay open for other business, too."

Meanwhile, Thai Smile of Rancho Mirage has signed a lease on the former Firecliff restaurant spot at 73-725 El Paseo, which closed this summer.

The restaurant is leaving the Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center at the corner of Bob Hope Drive and Highway 111, where it has been for about 12 years. That plaza is undergoing a revitalization, and Lyle said the restaurant's building would be torn down.

At 3,500 square feet, the new space is nearly double the size the old one and allows the addition of a full bar.

"I think this is going to bring some new people to El Paseo, because Thai Smile is not very expensive," said Lyle, the real estate agent for owner Matthew Creighton.

Lyle said the relocated restaurant, to be named Thai Smile El Paseo, is expected to open before the end of the year.

The new restaurants come on the heels of the June closure of the Elephant Bar and Tony Roma's on Highway 111.

Meanwhile, the Chop House at 111 and Portola Avenue is being converted by its owners into a Kaiser Grille, like what used to be in the space Manhattan in the Desert has leased. It's expected to open in late August.