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Stephi’s in Southie license decision is put on hold

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 17, 2013 04:27 PM

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Stephi’s in Southie will have to wait for a decision on its request to transfer its recently purchased liquor license to its new South Boston location.

The move to defer a decision on the license transfer by the Boston Licensing Board was because of a paperwork error, according to Karen Simao, the attorney representing restaurant owner Stephanie Sidell Sokolove.

"We're correcting what they asked us to correct," Simao said by phone Thursday.

The restaurant does not have to appear again before the board. a vote on the matter is expected next week.

The license would allow the restaurant, slated to open at 11 West Broadway, to serve all alcohol types at its 40-seat bar and 180-seat dining room.

The license was purchased from Logan Airport’s Vinea and cost the restaurant $275,000, Simao said at the restaurant's Wednesday hearing before the board.

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

The new restaurant is expected to open by June.

The hours proposed on the application are: 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 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.

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