Coming soon: Stem Wine Bar & Eatery

Updated: March 22, 2016 - 9:41 am

Ivy Taheri, a partner at The Tangiers, is planning to open a wine bar in the Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhood.

Taheri’s Stem Wine Bar & Eatery will be a full-service restaurant, bar and lounge specializing in French and Italian wines. The concept is opening this spring next door to JL Beers on University Avenue Northeast.

The approximately 60-seat wine bar will serve a wide variety of wines, many curated by Minneapolis-based Small Lot Wine, by the glass and bottle.

For those who aren’t wine drinkers, Stem will also offer a city-centric list of beers. On the restaurant side, it will serve an American-fusion menu of small plates, from crab cakes to jambalaya to unique charcuterie and cheese selections.

Taheri told The Journal that the neighborhood-centric Stem is all about warmth and comfort.

“Stem Wine Bar will offer a dining experience featuring a hybrid of contemporary meets vintage interior, with warm, ambient lighting, richly hued colors and candles creating a glowing, cozy and inviting interior,” she wrote in a liquor license application.

Rather than a nightclub spot like The Tangiers, Taheri said Stem will feel more like a relaxed lounge, with larger booths and a small bar area, for an older crowd. The wine bar will have some outdoor seating and valet service.

“One of my personal goals was always to have my own little boutique, posh wine bar,” Taheri said.

She plans to open Stem Wine Bar & Eatery at 24 University Ave. NE in May. Just down the block, PinKU, a fast-casual Japanese street food concept, is set to open by June.