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Last call at Olives?

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / April 6, 2011

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The Boston Licensing Board will decide tomorrow whether Todd English will get more time to fix his fire-damaged Olives restaurant or be stripped of his liquor license. The Charlestown eatery, the flagship of English’s restaurant empire, has been shuttered since last May, when a grease fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damage. Explaining why the restaurant had not yet reopened, English yesterday told the board he needs to install a new ventilation system and the old building “needs some updating.’’ English said that work could begin “within the next week or so.’’ When he said he’d like to open by mid-May or early June, some on the board doubted the feasibility of the timeline. English acknowledged he might “be a little ambitious’’ and said July might be a more realistic target. “I’ll be fascinated if you’re open in July,’’ said Commissioner Michael J. Connolly, noting that he thought a fall opening was more probable.