New coffee caf comes to Franklin and Nicollet

A new coffee cafe is set to open at the corner that once housed Oliver’s, Acadia and, most recently, Tillie’s Bean.

Sometime in early April (a specific date has not yet been pinned down), Jeremy Konecny, a lifelong coffee enthusiast whose family ran Heartland Coffee and Equipment while he was growing up, will open The Nicollet at 1931 Nicollet Ave. S. in Stevens Square.

Konecny characterized his vision for The Nicollet as a “high-brow version of what the Acadia used to be.”

“We want some music back at that corner, but with a gentler sound — jazz, bluegrass and blues,” he said.

In addition to premium coffees, The Nicollet will offer small plates of organic and natural foods. Konecny said he may expand the menu to include larger, dinner-sized portions in the future.

He’s also working on securing a beer and wine license, which he should have in place before Memorial Day. The plan is to serve craft beers and international wines.

And once spring finally takes hold, outdoor seating will be available along Nicollet.

Konecny, 36, has been an entrepreneur throughout his adult life, but he said running a coffee café featuring live music has been a life-long dream.

“I was running a corporate business and I knew I wanted out. I wanted to serve coffee and wear flip-flops, and I think I’ve earned my opportunity to run a great coffee shop,” he said.