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Stephi’s in Southie eyes 2 a.m. closing at new West Broadway location

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 16, 2013 01:05 PM

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A representative for Stephi’s in Southie, a new area restaurant, appeared before the Boston Licensing Board Wednesday morning seeking to transfer the restaurant’s recently purchased liquor license to its proposed South Boston location.

The license, which would allow the restaurant slated to open at 11 West Broadway to serve all alcohol types, was purchased from Vinea, which is located in Logan Airport.

The new license cost the restaurant $275,000, according to Karen Simao, who represented the owner, Stephanie Sidell Sokolove, at the hearing.

This will be Sokolove’s third restaurant, she currently has Stephanie’s locations on Newbury Street and Tremont Street.

The new restaurant, which is expected to open by June, would hold 180 seats with a 40 seat bar, Simao said.

The proposed hours for the location’s license would be Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:00a.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-1a.m.

A late night menu is also in the works, according to Simao.

The location of the new restaurant, 11 West Broadway, is also the site of a much larger development by the Bodwell Pine Corporation.

The development includes the construction of a six-story, 95,000 square-foot rental structure with 50 residential units, 26 parking spaces, and four commercial spaces, one of which will be inhabited by Stephi’s.

Two of the other commercial spaces are proposed to hold a Starbucks coffee shop and a Subway sandwich shop.

At Wednesday’s hearing a number of residents turned out to support the restaurant and the license transfer, with many saying they are especially supportive of the proposed 2 a.m. closing.

“It’s going to enhance the area and bring jobs,” said area resident Norman Hodson. “I live right across the street and I have no problem with it [2a.m. closing].”

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the office of at-large City Councilor Stephen Murphy also voiced their support for the transfer.

The offices of City Councilor Bill Linehan, Senator Jack Hart, and Representative Nick Collins also voiced their support for the transfer, but said they had concerns about the 2 a.m. closing.

The board will make its decision Thursday.

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