Is another Todd English food hall on the way? Looks that way, according to DNAinfo, which reports that the bad boy celebrity chef is looking to open one in the old Il Bastardo space at 191 Seventh Avenue in Chelsea.
English’s reps confirm to DNAinfo that English is looking into the space for a food hall with coffee, breads, pastries, cold-pressed juice, and Asian, Mediterranean, and European fare. He’ll be looking to serve alcohol too, but getting a liquor license in that space has previously been problematic for others.
“Domestic cuisines as well as some South American treats will fill the air with aromas like nowhere in the neighborhood,” a rep says of the new hall.
It’s an off-the-mark comment, considering the famed Chelsea Market is just a few avenues away with food spanning the globe under one roof. Regardless, English is going for it, which would make this his second food hall in New York City after his eponymous one at the Plaza Hotel. He also announced plans last year for the American Market by Todd English, nearly 12,000-square-feet of market space in the historic New York Times building at 229 West 43rd St., near Times Square.
English has a history of backing out of and closing projects, though, like with The English at the W Downtown. English currently operates The Todd English Food Hall and Figs at LaGuardia, but his now-closed list includes Olives, CrossBar, Chateau Cherbuliez, Ember Room, The Libertine, and English Is Italian. All that is to say: Todd English is only definitely opening a food hall in Chelsea once that food hall is actually open.