Stem Wine Bar & Eatery. Submitted photo

Stem Wine Bar is closing

Owner plans new concept to replace East Bank wine bar

Stem Wine Bar & Eatery will close at the end of June after more than two years in business.

The Nicollet Island-East Bank wine bar was the creation of owner Ivy Taheri, a partner at now-closed concepts The Tangiers and, later in the same space, Hennepin Steam Room.

Taheri said in an email that Stem will close at the end of June, but she’s planning a new concept that will open in October.

“My decision to close Stem was hard because we have so many great regulars from the community that we value, but (I) am confident the new concept will reach a broader audience and be a great addition to the steadily evolving (N)ortheast neighborhood,” she said.

More than a wine bar, Stem was a full-service restaurant serving internationally influenced small plates and entrees with a southern Mediterranean focus. Taheri brought in rare wines, such as those from Eastern Europe, and bought in small batches thanks to the eatery’s lack of storage.

Taheri has tinkered with the concept over its two-year life, creating a signature cocktail menu that changed seasonally and offering infused vodka flights. Stem served as a late-night dining spot with evening happy hours starting at 8 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In the meantime, Stem, at 24 University Ave. NE, is open 4p.m.–10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m.–midnight Friday and 5 p.m.–midnight Saturday.