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Todd English

By adamg - 10/23/17 - 9:13 am

We hadn't heard much about our homegrown celebrichef recently. Maybe that was just as well.

By adamg - 10/3/16 - 12:42 pm
Figs on fire

Smoke from burning Figs. Photo by Dave.

Boston firefighters responded around 12:30 p.m. to Figs, 42 Charles St., for a ductwork fire that extended to the roof.

In 2010, a duct fire ravaged English's Olives in Charlestown, starting a process that ultimately led to him losing the restaurant.

By adamg - 9/3/14 - 7:50 pm
Message in window of Beacon Hill Figs announces another shutdown.

Barely a month after Todd English's Figs on Charles Street closed for repairs and then re-opened, it's shut again.

Sara snapped this photo of the window this evening, featuring a prominent apology for being "temporarily" closed. The restaurant is one of the just three outposts left in English's rapidly shrinking Boston empire, the others being the other Figs in Charlestown and Bonfire at Logan Airport.

She adds:

By adamg - 8/31/14 - 7:05 pm

The New York Daily News reports (note to Daily News editors: Although his name is English, he's not English).

Innocent, etc.

By adamg - 7/24/14 - 10:02 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Figs on Charles Street is closed "for renovations."

By adamg - 4/1/14 - 3:17 pm

A roving UHub correspondent noticed a new sign on a storefront undergoing renovation at 202 Harvard St. (near Rte. 9) in Brookline Village this morning as her 66 bus roared past:

Coming Soon - Todd English's Toast!

Alas, the sign was gone by the time I managed to get there around 2:30. Anybody else get a photo?

By adamg - 3/18/14 - 3:50 pm

Todd English booted from New York Olives.

Meanwhile, his daughter Isabelle's Beacon Hill cupcake place, which closed for repairs, is now closed for good.

By adamg - 1/17/14 - 12:52 pm

Earlier this week, diners at Todd English's Figs restaurant in Charlestown started reporting an odd thing: They couldn't buy beer or wine. When asked, servers said something vague about some sort of problem with the liquor license but that it would be fixed soon. Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/14 - 1:11 pm
Roger Berkowitz and lawyer

Roger Berkowitz explains Legal C Bar concept.

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.

By adamg - 1/9/14 - 9:09 pm

Todd English's former landlord seeks permission next week to sell the liquor license of his failed Olives in City Square to Roger Berkowitz, who wants to open a Legal C Bar in the space.

The Boston Licensing Board considers the request at a hearing on Wednesday.

Olives' landlord shut the place in June in a dispute with English over $780,000 or so in back rent.

By adamg - 8/27/13 - 11:09 am

Todd English's lawyer says his client's getting ready to hand the Olives liquor license over to his former landlord to settle the rent dispute that shut the eatery in June.

Landlord William Carey, who says English owes him more than $780,000 in back rent and interest on the 10 City Square location, seized Olives - including its liquor license.

By adamg - 8/26/13 - 4:07 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports fellow superchef Mario Batali might not be opening his planned pizza joint on Summer Street in Fort Point after all.

By adamg - 7/2/13 - 4:55 pm
Olives closed again

After people noticed last week that Todd English's Olives in City Square was closed, the jetsetting celebrichef with Boston roots issued a press release promising an all new Olives at a "new and shiny" location, one better suited for the times than dowdy old City Square, even if he had only opened a new and shiny Olives there last year:

Charlestown is and will always have a special place in my heart. It is with sadness that I will be leaving this neighborhood. We have been here since 1989 and so many wonderful memories are tied to this place. But with the incredible way America's culinary landscape has been evolving, I have decided that Olives - my first and signature restaurant - must also evolve.

What English forgot to mention in his wistful press release was that he had no choice in the closing of Olives - his landlord closed it for him, after convincing a judge last fall to let him seize the restaurant and all its belongings, including its valuable liquor license. Seems English owes a bit of back rent - some $780,000 in rent and interest dating to 2010.

Meanwhile, English faces similar problems across the harbor, where the operators of Faneuil Hall Marketplace got their own court order just last month to attach not only the liquor license of his failed Kingfish Hall but assets of his holding companies, in a lawsuit in which the marketplace now charges English with running a fraudulent financial shell game to suck assets out of the restaurant to avoid paying them.

By adamg - 6/28/13 - 1:05 pm

Andrew Flatley tweets from City Square this morning:

Olives in Charlestown closed "until further notice". Notices in (papered-over) windows direct inquiries to building owner.

By adamg - 4/30/13 - 12:18 pm

Todd English is refinancing his culinary empire, which now stretches from Charlestown to Las Vegas. Locally, the infusion of money means English will be able to pay the state of Massachusetts and the company that operates Faneuil Hall back payments for Kingfish Hall, which closed under a cloud of acrimony last year.

Ron Chorney, CFO of Todd English Enterprises, Inc., gave the financial update to the Boston Licensing Board this morning, at a hearing to request more time to sell the restaurant's main remaining asset - its liquor license.

By adamg - 8/28/12 - 10:47 am

The Track Gals dish on a new reality series that will feature a bunch of chefs including English and "Anna Boiardi, heir to the Chef Boyardee canned pasta empire." But, alas, it will focus on Manhattan - Our Todd is really more of a Nooyawka these days - so probably no dramatic recreations of the end of Kingfisher Hall, which is a shame.

By adamg - 8/8/12 - 5:57 pm

BosGuy reports that Trattoria Cinquecento, the Aquitaine Group's first effort at cucina italiana, should be opening soon in the South End space once occupied by Rocca.

Meanwhile, Grub Street Boston alerts us that celibrichef Todd English has posted a Craigslist ad looking for a chef to work for him on "a profitable restaurant" in the Boston area.

By adamg - 7/9/12 - 11:49 am

Charlestown Patch reports somebody threw a brick at the front of Todd English's City Square restaurant early Saturday and then, apparently not satisfied with the damage he'd done, picked the brick up and threw it again.

By adamg - 6/7/12 - 7:59 am

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.

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