Exclusive: Todd English Teams With Thompson Hotel GroupBoston boy Todd English tells us he has just inked a deal to install a restaurant in the Thompson Hotel Group’s Wall Street project, Gild Hall, which should open at 15 Gold Street (formerly a Holiday Inn) sometime in the spring. No name fixed just yet, but the first floor will feature a raw bar and a menu of what English calls (asking us to forgive the pun) “modern English comfort food,” emphasizing “protein on the plate.” Think brined pork chops and appetizers from $6 to $12, and entrées in the high teens and twenties.
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