Todd English goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to explain why it shouldn't strip him of the liquor license for Kingfish Hall, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace restaurant he recently closed in a nasty rent dispute with marketplace management.
By law, holders of liquor licenses - which in Boston now typically go for $300,000 or so on the open market - are not allowed to sit on them after their restaurants close.
In the past, however, the board has been reluctant to strip owners of licenses at their first hearings, and has often given owners exemptions, sometimes over several years, to either re-open their restaurants or find a buyer.
It's a process with which English is quite familiar, having had to request a number of extensions from the board over the two years his Olives in Charlestown was shut for repairs after a fire.
English's hearing is set for a Tuesday morning in the board's eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.
The City Council yesterday voted to hold a hearing on how to convince the state legislature, which sets the number of liquor licenses in Boston, to let Boston approve more liquor-serving restaurants. Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who proposed the hearing said Boston is losing out to neighboring communities on innovative dining experiences and that Boston neighborhoods are losing restaurants to well heeled national and regional chains downtown.