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Lincoln Cellar restaurant opens
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From left, Executive Chef Alex Moreno along with his partnership team of Maria Mills, Sue Arismendi and Joe Phillips are involved in Lincoln Cellar. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Lincoln Cellar is made up of several people sharing a common vision.

Together, they’re looking to bring a relaxed and fun atmosphere with an eclectic menu featuring local seasonal goods paired with great wines and brews coupled with a dash of the arts.

Sue Arismendi, Maria Mills and Joe Philips along with Alex and Alycia Moreno of Manteca make up this partnership team at this new Lincoln Shopping Center business.

Lincoln Cellar, which had a one-week sneak peek during last month’s Beer Week in Stockton, is a blend of wine country meets the agriculturally-rich goods of the Central Valley under one roof.

Located on the northwest corner of Lincoln Center – space 357 – Lincoln Cellar had a soft opening last week and ribbon-cutting event on Thursday.

“Our visions and values were in alignment,” said Mills, who is also employed as a teacher.

Arismendi is originally from Cleveland but works in health care. She brought along the works of local artists that’s on display.

Phillips is a contractor. He was behind the handiwork of converting the space into a wine bar. This included the fold-out glass doors located at the front entrance, separating the indoor and outdoor seating. When pulled back – given the Delta breeze – Lincoln Cellar becomes a cool open-air place.

Alycia Moreno, who, along with her husband Alex, helps operates the Say Grace Catering Company, is the events coordinator. As the executive chef, Alex Moreno is behind the menu consisting of an American, Asian, French, Italian and Mexican fusion, and has control of the menu.

At the recent sneak peek week, he provided a small sample of things to come with his Point Reyes grilled oysters and Korean BBQ pork tacos.

“Alex can cook anything and everything,” Arismendi said.

In the plans are cooking classes and dinners from around the world. The food on the menu promises to consist of seasonal items purchased locally to not only support the economy but bring in farm-fresh goods to the table.

With seasonal foods will be seasonal wines from California and other regions from the world. The II Torchio, Vermentino 2012, is a white wine from Italy along with several Napa Valley choices – notably, Frank Family Vineyard – were featured at sneak peek week.

Another unique feature at Lincoln Cellar is the WineEmotion. This self-service dispenser allows a person to taste various bottled wines with a prepaid card for two-, three- or five- once samplings. The partnership group indicated that the only other places with a WineEmotion can be found in Davis and South Lake Tahoe.

But it’s not just wine. Lincoln Cellar is home to plenty of beer choices, including several on tap such as Hops of Wrath IPA, Baltic Porter and Dust Bowl Brewing Company’s Stockton Session Amber Ale.

Lincoln Cellar and the soon-to-be-open Midgley’s Public House featuring Executive Chef Michael Midgley formerly of Ernie’s Food & Spirit of Manteca promises to enhance the Stockton fine dining experience with some welcomed friendly competition.

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