The Boston Licensing Board could delay action on a proposal by Roger Berkowitz to open a Legal C Bar in the space left vacant by Todd English's Olives in Charlestown partly because of legal problems related to his equally closed Kingfish Hall restaurant.
Board members decide Thursday whether to grant a request from city officials and nearby residents to delay any action on Berkowitz's request to buy what used to be English's liquor license for Olives in part so that Berkowitz can explain his proposal to a neighborhood association on Feb. 4.
But board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer said lawyers for English's Charlestown landlord - who seized the restaurant and its license last year over several hundred thousand dollars in back rent - also have to explain to the board why they wouldn't be bound by legal action by lawyers across the harbor who seem to be trying to seize all of English's assets to help pay off a similarly sized amount of back rent to the managers of Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
News that lawyers for Faneuil Hall Marketplace operators might be trying to tie up all the assets of Olive Associates, one of English's many companies and the listed owner of the Charlestown restaurant, came as news to lawyers for landlord William Carey and Berkowitz. Ferrer had copies of a letter from the Faneuil Hall Marketplace lawyers to her board made for Carey's and Berkowitz's lawyers.
Assuming he can get permission to buy the license and win neighborhood approval, Berkowitz said he would convert Olives into a neighborhood restaurant, serving up seafood with an emphasis on Italian dishes. He said he plans mainly cosmetic buildings to the restaurant space, such as adding a Legal C Bar sign outside. English poured a considerable amount of money into the space after a fire.