Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Purple Shell Is Opening in Former Stephi's in Southie Space in South Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

Last June, we reported that a local group of upscale comfort food spots had closed one of its locations, and now we have learned what will be taking over the space.

According to a source, Purple Shell is opening this summer in the former Stephi's in Southie Space in South Boston, with a sign out front indicating that the West Broadway eatery will be an Asian fusion tapas spot. A search for more information on the place shows that Gan Quan Chen--who has a Braintree address--is behind the restaurant, and he also goes by the name Jerry Chen. It is not yet known if this is the same Jerry Chen who has been involved with such spots as ZC Boston in the South End, Gourmet Garden in Canton, and Sushi Joy in Plymouth; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.

Stephi's in Southie was one of what had been three Stephi's/Stephanie's locations, including the recently-closed Stephi's on Tremont as well as Stephanie's on Newbury, which remains in operation.

The address for Purple Shell is 11 West Broadway, South Boston, MA, 02127. Its website will be at

[February 25, 2020 update: According to a source, Purple Shell opens on Thursday, February 27, with an Instagram post from the place confirming this. In addition, its website indicates that the restaurant will feature dishes with Southeast Asian influences, and will also have a sushi bar.]

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]