Stephi’s in Southie is a restaurant for a changing neighborhood

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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Stephi’s in Southie is the latest venture from Stephanie Sokolove of Stephanie’s on Newbury and Stephi’s on Tremont. She has conquered Back Bay and the South End with her restaurants, known for prime people-watching, good patio scenes, and brunch. This outpost is further confirmation of South Boston’s trendiness. Stephi’s opens as longtime local the Quencher Tavern prepares to close. It’s as good a summation as any of the changes that have come to the neighborhood. The decor is clean yet sexy, with red ikat upholstery, modern Morocco-inspired lamps, twinkly white tiles, and a gas fireplace. Seats are filled with stylish, fit, fashionable 30-somethings eating salads and burgers. Navy-and-white stripes are a wardrobe theme. Post-yoga women still sport a radiant sheen as they sip olive-laden martinis.

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