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So guess whose Charlestown restaurant still isn't open?

"It's killing me, I need to get this open," Todd English told the Boston Licensing Board today, adding that all that now stands between him reopening the once fire-ravaged Olives is one last fire inspection, scheduled for this Thursday. He explained the latest holdup along with his lawyer, Dennis Quilty, in response to a simple question from board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer:

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I knew a gentleman who opened a restaurant in Jamaica and it only took him two weeks.

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can take a page from this guy who seems pretty quick at converting restaurants and bars: http://www.universalhub.com/2012/allston-just-wasn... .

Really, this has been going on forever!

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It will great to see Olives reopen. It sounds like whoever on the board who was speaking off camera was doing so in a sort of condescending manner. Did anyone else get this feeling? Maybe I'm wrong.

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Nicole Murati Ferrer (updated the post to reflect that). I don't think she was being condescending so much as being puzzled and a bit annoyed because English was before the board yet again to explain why his liquor license (which is really what is at issue) is still not in use. Every single time he sets some date by which he expects to be open and, so far, he's yet to actually open by any of them. They may all have been legitimate reasons (the board keeps giving him more time), but I suppose it can get tiring eventually.

In a city where the demand for liquor licenses far exceeds the supply, the board regularly holds these "cancellation" hearings. Every once in a great while, the board gets fed up and actually revokes a license for non-use.

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If her issue is "unused licenses", then perhaps the board can deal with Inspectional Services themselves? They don't seem to have their act together and maybe could use a bit of intervention by a micromanager.

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Adam,

Thank you for the clarification on this...it has indeed been a long and trying process I can tell. Thanks again.

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Why on earth is she OFF CAMERA?

>:-\

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That Eeka wants to get with Ferrer more than I do.

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We can share!

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is she in the club?

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In the club or not in the club. Bound to disappoint someone either way. But, no matter; to quote the closing line of "Some like it hot", "Well, nobody's perfect."

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...aren't there usually other reasons why a liquor license holder doesn't open or reopen? Yes, use of the license is the issue, but this has been going on FOREVER and I don't hear English or his attorney complaining about a lax inspectional services department or incompetent fire department. If I had invested tons of money and had staff on payroll and been ready to go, I'd be kicking and screaming about the city delaying the opening. What's your take on the true delay? Financial problems? Has English been trying to sell off the license without success?

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How about covering a bit of the public meeting of Boston City Council?... on http://universalhub.com

For example, a blog about the neighboring Cambridge City Council
at
http://rwinters.com

What other towns or cities' have such unofficial blogging?...

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