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Licensing Board lights the fire under celebrity chef

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 1, 2011

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Todd English better get Olives off the back burner. The Boston Licensing Board yesterday essentially gave the globe-trotting celebrity chef until Sept. 13 to get his Charlestown restaurant Olives - which was gutted by a grease fire more than a year ago, way back in May 2010 - up and running. The board set a hearing for that day, at which it could take away his eatery’s liquor license if Olives is not open.

According to English’s Regan Communications spokeswoman, Mariellen Burns, the chef and his contractors plan to complete the interior demolition and construction necessary to reopen Olives within 12 weeks. “There’s no specific date,’’ said Burns. “But they’re looking at early September.’’

At a hearing in April, English had said he hoped to open by July. Psst, that would be today.