English Owes $723k in Back Rent on Olives

Building owner files suit against Charlestown's celebrity chef.

Todd English apparently owes nearly a quarter-million to a Charlestown property-owner for rent unpaid while Olives remained dormant after it’s 2010 fire—which reportedly caused about $200,000 worth of damage.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that Carey Realty and City Square Holdings filed a claim this month in Suffolk Superior Court declaring that English owes $723,000 in back rent, and missed payments on the debt in August and September.

The lawsuit also blames the 2010 fire on poor maintenance by the restaurant’s staff.

“The fire was caused by Olive’s negligence in failing to clean the grease from the duct work that served the premises, allowing it to accumulate and become combustible,” the complaint said. “After the fire, Olive continued to default on its monthly payment obligations under the lease.”

Read more at the Boston Globe.

Jay K. September 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Why do people lease spaces to this guy?
Marianne Faithfull September 23, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Because he is a smooth-talking huskster and besides, if he fails to honor a lease, it's a write-off for the lease holder. Only ones who lose are the patrons.
Joseph September 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Very true. The bartenders are great!!
out with the old in with the new September 28, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Not only does he not make rent, he doesnt pay his employees. Lots of bounced check.
Just a person! September 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Don't understand! If you don't pay rent, you get thrown out, what is the problem? And, as for the employees, what is wrong with you? If you don't get paid WHY? Are you staying there? This whole blog is stupid!


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