Call it the Heath Bar.
Late actor — and former Brooklynite — Heath Ledger will be involved in at least one new project: before his death in January, Ledger was a silent partner in a watering hole at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street.
Tentatively named “The Five Leaves” after a record by the late folk crooner Nick Drake, the bar and restaurant will have a nautical theme designed by some of the creative types behind restaurants including Moto at the corner of Broadway and Hooper Street and Manhattan’s Smith and Mills, the nightlife blog Down by the Hipster reported last week.
Five Leaves will serve high-end comfort food created by a former sous-chef from Diner, a nearby restaurant, an insider told The Brooklyn Paper.
The upscale American cuisine shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that one of Ledger’s partners in the project is Jud Longell, a bartender and waiter at the epicurean comfort food destination Dumont on Union Avenue.
The “Dark Knight” star chose the narrow storefront across the street from McCarren Park while skateboarding around Williamsburg and Greenpoint with Longell.
“I showed him other spots, and he wouldn’t look at anything else,” Longell told People Magazine. “He liked this corner. He envisioned basically just hanging out at the park across the street. He was a big fan of Williamsburg.”