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Hot Culinary Comeback (Well, Sort Of)
Chef Todd English’s Olives

Some say you can’t count on Todd English. But you can’t count him out, either. The bad news: English’s tourist-centric Kingfish Hall has abruptly closed amid allegations that he left the place an unsightly mess and owes thousands in unpaid dues to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants Association. The good news: English has (finally!) returned to his roots with the reopening of Olives (10 City Square, Charlestown, 617.242.1999), his flagship restaurant that was shuttered — and, for a while, seemingly abandoned — after a fire. Now the restaurant is back in full swing, with a focus on Mediterranean small plates and an expanded bar area. A steady stream of regulars is again flocking to pay homage to the celebrity chef. Is English finally speaking Boston’s language again? Kingfish Hall’s sudden closure left a bad taste in our mouths. But with Olives on the upswing, here’s hoping

_ Stuff Boston