Stankovich, a Washington, D.C., native, moved to Cincinnati with his wife in 2015 after a lengthy career as a musician and working at bars in both New York and Boston. He began planning Longfellow while tending bar at Downtown restaurant and bar Mita's.
Longfellow’s food menu will be limited during its first few weeks, but it will evolve as Stankovich and his staff grow more comfortable in the space.
"I learned a long time ago to never take away, just grow," Stankovich said. "We'll quickly just kind of expand our menu in the weeks ahead."
The menu will eventually include simple dishes reminiscent of a European lunch, Stankovich told WCPO food writer Grace Yek in December.
"Since our kitchen is behind the bar, everything will be super fresh, well-sourced and rustic in nature," he said. "We want to provide a middle ground between a bar with no food at all and a full-on chef-driven restaurant."
Some of those food items will include things like boquerones, liverwurst sandwiches and a seasonal roster of salads and tartines.
Longfellow will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. It will be closed on Mondays.
"It feels great," Stankovich said as he prepared to open Longfellow. "It’s a mix of emotions. It’s rewarding and also stressful. I’m almost just as excited to get back there behind the bar and go to work."