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Todd English sued for $1m over unpaid rent

Celebrity chef Todd English.

Celebrity chef Todd English.

Celebrity chef Todd English is being sued for more than $1 million in unpaid rent and other charges due from his recently closed Kingfish Hall restaurant at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

English has failed to pay despite a judgment entered against him more than a year ago in Boston Municipal Court, according to a lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court by the company that used to operate Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

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General Growth Properties, which ran the outdoor shopping mall until October, began eviction procedures earlier in 2011 after Kingfish Hall fell behind in rent.

“[Kingfish Hall] and Todd English have failed and refused to make payment in whole or in part with respect to the amounts due under the judgment,’’ the lawsuit states.

Neither English nor officials from General Growth could be reached for comment.

The marketplace is owned by the City of Boston, which leases out three of its four buildings - Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market.

Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., a New York real estate business, took over the lease from General Growth.

After the Globe reported the eviction procedures last year, English said: “We have been in this historic Boston location for 10 years and amidst the tough economy, business has been waning. We have been in discussions, trying to work with the owners to reconcept our location for several months now, and that process is ongoing.’’

But English decided to close Kingfish Hall in March.

It is the latest crack in his restaurant empire, with at least five suits filed against the celebrity chef over claims of unpaid bills and the closing of several restaurants in recent years.

His flagship Olives - the Charlestown dining destination where he made his name two decades ago - reopened in April after an extended closure because of a grease fire that caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.

Jenn Abelson can be reached at abelson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jennabelson.
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