Celebrity chef and restaurant owner Todd English is facing a $1 million+ lawsuit due to unpaid rent at Kingfish Hall at Faneuil Hall that closed in March 2012 and remains vacant. The suit comes from the former leaseholder of Fanueil Hall Marketplace, General Growth Properties, claiming failure to pay on a judgement last year in Boston Municipal Court. Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. took over the Faneuil Hall Marketplace lease where the buildings are owned by the City of Boston.
The news might be a bit surprising given recent quotes by English about ongoing negotiations to re-open Kingfish Hall. The closing of Kingfish Hall came one month before Olives re-opened in Charlestown, after numerous delays and two years after a grease fire closed the flagship restaurant.
The Kingfish Hall suit brings the total against the celebrity chef to five, according to the the Globe that reports more on the story.