Ava Press Release


AVA to Replace Stillheart Distillery
New Concept Coming to Minneapolis’ North Loop

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (April 2, 2024) – Ava, an exciting new bar, lounge, and eatery, is coming soon to Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, led by longtime hospitality veteran Ben Taheri. Having operated some of Minneapolis’ most well-known hospitality destinations since 1997, Taheri and his partners created the beloved Tangiers in the North Loop. Ava plans to pick up where Tangiers left off as the go-to destination for a mature audience seeking a metropolitan bar and eatery experience that’s differentiated from the party-crazed bar scene on Washington Avenue. Ava, which means “voice” in his native Persian, and life, music, and sound, in various other languages, will set a new standard for sophisticated nightlife in Minneapolis

Ava will be opening Spring of 2024 in the space formerly occupied by Stillheart Distillery. The building is nestled between Lululemon and Fairgrounds Coffee In North Loop’s “Premier Entertainment Horseshoe,” an area spanning from Hewing Hotel to Sanjusan, which is an elevated destination in Minneapolis for the sophisticated clientele whom Ava aims to engage. “I’m so excited to be coming back to the North Loop, specifically this neighborhood,” said Taheri. “We’re a short walking distance from some of the best restaurants in town, including Tullibee at Hewing Hotel, Maison Margaux, Spoon & Stable, Porzana Steakhouse, Billy Sushi, and so many others. With Ava, we will be adding an elevated pre or post-dinner destination where people can “make a night of it” and not just go home after dinner.”

Ava consists of 2 floors with 3 distinctively different spaces. The main level bar area will feature the original exposed brick and timber that the North Loop is known for and will have a variety of custom-built furniture and lounge seating. The aesthetic will be casual comfort mixed with elegant boutique finishes, highlighting the building’s natural beauty. The centerpiece of the space is a handmade metal and brass bar that will serve as the stage for an immaculately crafted cocktail program and an expertly curated wine list. Patrons will be able to sample a variety of light bites and scrumptious handhelds created by popular Minneapolis Chef Kamal that pair perfectly with the beverage program. “The goal is to breathe new energy and life into the space and give it a unique flair while staying true to the original beauty and history,” said Taheri.

The basement space is divided into two areas: a bar and a lounge. The bar area will mirror the cocktail program from upstairs and will be adorned in a variety of glamorous textures and materials. The lounge area will feature custom-built furniture around the exterior of the room and a dance floor at the center, all echoing a modern discotheque atmosphere. “We want to give people options and the opportunity to choose their own adventure,” said Taheri. “Sometimes you want a beautiful lounge atmosphere where you can sip a cocktail and have a conversation, and sometimes you want to kick off your heels and dance.” At Ava you can do both.  Ben, along with some of his former team from Tangier’s are looking forward to bringing back their authentic hospitality culture to the patrons in our beloved city.

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