ny.eater.com – Turns out it’s a no-go for celebrity chef Todd English’s Chelsea food hall plans. English had looked into taking over the cursed space that used to house Il Bastardo at 191 Seventh Avenue in Chelsea for a food hall with coffee, breads, pastries, cold-pressed juice, and Asian, Mediterranean, and European fare.
But Chelsea Now reports that English ended up not wanting to deal with the baggage of the space. Others previously had not been able to secure liquor licenses here, and once English’s team learned that Il Bastardo owners would still be involved in the location, they pulled out.
“It was an integrity move. We did not want any association with these same owners,” English’s director of restaurant development Flip Arbelaez told Chelsea Now. “The worst thing we could do is put our investor’s money into play and lose it.”
Now, the team is scouting other locations, despite saying they wished they could stay at this space. English’s team also threw a lot of shade Food Network star Kristin Sollenne’s way in the process. “If the lease were terminated and we had a second chance to go in front of the board without Kristin Sollenne involved, we would,” Arbelaez said.