Stan's Deli and Sandwiches
Stan's is a sandwich spot inspired by the old-world delis and diners of New York. It's from a well-rounded team of Melbourne hospo folk: Guy Bentley (Leonardo’s Pizza Palace, Leonard’s House of Love), Todd Vanneste (Frankie’s Tortas and Tacos), Alex Gavioli (former manager of Moby and Lenny) and Aaron Trotman (behind zero-alcohol wine alternative Non).
The idea was born during Melbourne's second Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, when Gavioli and Trotman were searching for somewhere to eat or drink within their five-kilometre radius that was simple and takeaway-friendly. They often came up short, so they resolved to open Stan's.
The end result is a stylish white-and-green-painted diner designed by Vanneste’s Weekdays Design Studio. It has wooden benches as well as outdoor picnic tables for those looking to settle in with a strong brew by North Melbourne’s Small Batch.
To eat, there are 5 & Dime bagels with whipped ricotta, lemon and dill; pork-and-fennel-sausage muffins with curried egg and cheese; and mortadella sandwiches with artichoke, olives and provolone. There’s also a hefty, saucy eggplant-parma number.