Our Story

Johnny and Sophia

Established in 2011, Dean Street occupies a very special corner in Prospect Heights. A restaurant/bar since the late 80’s, there have been three different, yet beloved joints that have existed here. Dean Street Garden Cafe, Tavern on Dean and now Dean Street.

Dean Street’s owner, John Longo, was born and raised in Bayville on the north shore of Long Island. After attending Villanova University, he began his bartending/managing career which lasted about eight years culminating at WXOU Radio in the West Village. From 1996-2007, John worked in corporate sales – specializing in technology and corporate meetings & events. In 2008, he returned to his true passion, the bar business. He opened Dean Street in January of 2011.

John was lucky enough to marry Jenny in 2002. His daughter (and future business partner) Sophia Love is 10 years old and a 4th grader at the Brooklyn New School.