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Things not going so well for Todd English

Postby Jenise » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:53 pm


Todd English's signature restaurant, Olives in Charlestown, Massachusetts, has been shuttered by its landlord because English supposedly owes about $780,000 in back rent and interest. All of the restaurant's assets — liquor license included — have been seized. According to Eater Boston, the restaurant shuttered late last week with a sign saying that the premises were "closed until further notice," and English's PR team sent an official statement later that day announcing that the restaurant had indeed closed but would "reopen at a new and shiny location" in the "greater Boston area." But English didn't really have a choice in the matter.

What the statement failed to mention, reports Universal Hub, is that "his landlord closed it for him, after convincing a judge last Fall to let him seize the restaurant and all its belongings." Last September, the owners of the building sued English for more than $780,000 in back rent and interest.

The Boston Globe has previously pointed out that English has "at least" six lawsuits filed against him, all related to "claims of unpaid bills and the closing of several restaurants." Which, Eater Boston notes, also includes the troubles currently affecting the chef's embattled Kingfish Hall restaurant in the Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
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Re: Things not going so well for Todd English

Postby Jon Peterson » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:56 am

My only experience with Todd English was in Las Vegas. I only remember negative things (like the terrible tuna tartar), nothing positive that would make me want to go back and try again.
If I recall correctly, landlord and tenant laws in MA are very favorable towards the tenant, forcing landlords to jump through many hoops, which is to say that since a judge was involved, I expect the landlord had an ironclad case against English.
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Re: Things not going so well for Todd English

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:28 am

My only experience with Todd English's empire was also in Vegas, but at his P.U.B. restaurant. I ate there by myself two nights in a row and enjoyed both meals. Does sound like he's made a mess of things, though.

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