Think they can finish in 90 days? David Garlough peered inside Olives today.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday agreed to give Todd English 90 more days to actually re-open his fire-damaged Olives restaurant in Charlestown or risk having his liquor license taken away. That's the same extension the board gave the celebrichef in July, when he told board members he thought he could have the restaurant rehabbed and re-opened by in eight weeks. It's also the same extension the board gave English in April, when he told the board he hoped to be open by July.
A grease fire in May, 2010 shut the place. At the April meeting, English blamed problems getting paid by his insurance company.
In the meantime, Charlestown residents have grown annoyed with the unopened storefront and the fact the restaurant still has dedicated valet spaces that nobody else can park in even though it's closed.
The board often grants continuing extensions to restaurant owners who show evidence they are actually working to open closed restaurants, although the board does occasionally lose its patience and revoke the liquor licenses of long shuttered establishments no matter what the owners say.
Unlike with food-serving licenses, the number of liquor licenses in Boston is limited by the state legislature.