POLL: Are You Excited About Olives?

Let us know. Add your own flavor in the comments.

Cheft Todd English told the Boston Licensing Board this week that .

While , this time he has already secured some of the permits required to start serving customers and could be ready to file for the remaining permits on the coming days.

Our question: do you care? Reader response to our most recent article on the dormant Charlestown restaurant suggested that more than a couple people would rather see somethign else in that space.

Stephen Spinetto February 15, 2012 at 10:13 PM
If you do not like Olives or Todd then don't go. The food in the original Olives was great and I expect it to be great when he opens again. The last thing we need here Is a crap chain suburban Mall restaurant like Olive Garden.
Diane Grant February 16, 2012 at 01:44 PM
are you kidding? I am very excited about Olive's opening. I love to see vibrant small businesses in our community. Welcome back!
Kasey Hariman February 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
We're not kidding, and it's because of the dismay expressed in the comments section of this post: http://charlestown.patch.com/articles/english-reports-olives-ready-building-not-quite including accusations that the restaurant is dumping grease in the streets, and basically doesn't care about the neighborhood. Do you think these beliefs are unfounded?
Sean Boyle February 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
40$ for an entree meal? .. see ya latA! The CCC should find something to put there that WORKING class people can actually afford.
Lindsey A February 16, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I live on that street- I have no problem having a vibrant restaurant on the street- we love having ironsides so close. Olives has been a nightmare to live by. I called the City when I thought a sewer had overrun because there was this absolutely disgusting gunk in the street one night. The city public works crew came out to check it out- turns out it was coagulated grease. When the city officials knocked on the window where the workers were working (keep in mind its 10pm at night- thanks for minding the construction noise requirements- ha) they blocked the window, shut off the lights and never answered!! They don't seem to care about the neighborhood at all. The food is mediocre at best, considering the price point. The valet guys were awesome though! Love them. Hopefully they are more respectful of their neighbors this time around. Its not as easy as "if you dont like it, dont go there." I believe the neighborhood should be informed of how inconsiderate they are.
Joseph February 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Sean - You don't think there's enough of those "price-point" establishments in Charlestown already? I do. And I eat at most of them. What I'd like to see is a couple more higher end establishments in Charlestown instead of having to travel into the city. Lindsey A - I call BS on your story about turning off the lights and not answering. If a city worker is going to show up due to a complaint, and people inside refuse to answer, then why weren't the police called to further investigate? Especially, as you say, they were working at 10pm? Exactly who is being inconsiderate? Seems like the contractors, trash collectors, etc...not the owner. However, it is up to Todd to make sure these people respect you and the neighborhood. My guess, he has no idea this is going on. Finally, you couldn't be more wrong about the quality of food.
carol adolph February 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I think its great that they are reopening and from what I hear it is a new more affordable menu. Olives being closed has been a huge loss for the community and I for one can't wait for it to reopen. I think there is room for everhthing in town and certainly, Papa Ginos, the 99, Ironside, Tavern on the Water and the Warren Tavern are all good family options.
Alphanaut February 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Charlestown has been devoid of decent restaurants for far too long, be glad they decided to rebuild instead of pull out like so many other businesses. A walk down main street indicates this Town has not decided whether to grow or roll up the carpets, I'm hoping for growth...
carol adolph February 19, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Todd has contributed NOTHING to this town??? He comes through every time he has been asked for donations of food, money and anything else requested for Charlestown.................Before you make a statement like that you really need to do some research.
Owen February 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
In your opinion, does "growth" mean cramming in new retaurrants wherever space can be found? Are we in Back Bay or something? I like that Charlestown has a handlefull of good establishments but isn't overflowing with them. If I want a busy atmoshere with bars and restaurants all over the place I'll make the short walk to the North End or hop the T to Back Bay.
Owen February 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Interesting. I'm not saying you bsing, but I was wondering if you know that information. I like Ironsides. Killer buffalo chicken dip.
Owen February 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
David, you're not a very nice person, are you? And if you're going to quote someone, do it properly: "killer bufallo CHICKEN dip" (emphasis added). Anyway, I'd rather not "ask around...". Instead I'll just mind my own business. I asked if you had any proof (which you don't). Obviously you have some ugly personal business with certain people. Good luck with that.
Lindsey A February 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Hi David, no I am an attorney that works in downtown Boston. I've lived on park street for 6 years, I love the neighborhood. I find Olives to be somewhat of a bad neighbor at times, which is why I chose to answer the poll, that no, I'm not excited that they're opening. I believe a place with the same type of ambiance and cuisine, coupled with a management that cared at least a little bit about its surrounding community would be even more beneficial to the neighborhood.
Matt M. Casey (Editor) February 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The comments were deleted because they made unsupported accusations of criminal activity toward a local business. If you have evidence of criminal activity, we suggest you take it to the police.
GuinnessGuy February 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I think it's great for the residents of Charlestown to have Olives reopen. I didn't go there much in the past, but when I did, the food was excellent. I think the existing local restaurants are decent, but it's going to be nice to have another option soon. I still have hope that someday Charlestown will be able to offer more restaurants, so that we don't have to always go into Boston when we want something different...
Jennifer Smith February 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Living up the street from Olives for many years, I know for a fact that it was closed a number of times by the Board of Health. I am sure that you can call and confirm this with them. They would have the notice in the window and it would not be open for business. I also do not think that they respect the neighbors. They valet park in residential areas which in my opinion should not be allowed. Why should they profit off of public parking? I hope that if Olives re-opens they make some positive changes and give back to the neighborhood instead of taking away.
KathyP May 02, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I heard that some of the Board of Health complaints may have been a grudge. Gladly welcome Olives back and a few more would be great also. There is always the Nines and plenty more, along with Suburbia, for quiet and cheap. Jobs created is not a bad thing either. See you there!
Florence Lopez May 02, 2012 at 01:49 PM
It may be of note to some of the long-time neighbors of Olives who are concerned that past annoyances and violations may continue... Most of the management and most of the staff are different people than the ones who were with Olives when it closed. No one can afford to sit around and wait for two years for a restaurant to reopen, though some were able to transfer to Todd's other local restaurants. The new management and staff members will hopefully make better neighbors, and . And the best way to make that happen is to approach them (reasonably) with concerns (and to support them in their new positions in your neighborhood) and see how they respond. Give them a chance!


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