Todd English is embroiled in another lawsuit, but this time it's the chef who's stirring the pot. English, whose restaurant empire has faced an array of lawsuits in recent months, mostly over unpaid bills, is suing a couple who sold him their Beacon Hill house in 2007. The chef contends Kenneth and Clarisse Zalcman, along with their real-estate broker Daniel Mullin, misrepresented the condition of the house at 81 Chestnut St., not telling English that the structure's foundation was rotted on three sides. The case was due to go to trial this week, but was delayed when Judge Lloyd Macdonald recused himself. In the suit, English claims that before buying the house for $2.9 million, he explicitly asked about the foundation because some neighboring properties had a history of problems. Attorney Danielle de Benedictis, who's representing English, said her client was assured there were no problems, but there were. English, who's since sold the house (for $3.5 million), ended up making repairs totaling more than $300,000, according to de Benedictis. The attorney for the Zalcmans calls the chef's claims half baked. Anil Madan says an inspector picked and paid for by English warned of potential problems, but the Olives owner never followed up. Instead, English signed a purchase-and-sale agreement accepting the house as is, according to Madan. "We're going to try the case because my clients are being accused of all kinds of stuff and they've done nothing wrong," he said.
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