Ever wondered what the story was behind your favorite restaurant? Well, it might be about more than food or even one man’s dream. Here is an exploration of how some Brooklyn Heights restaurants came to be and what their owners say best exemplifies their spirit. Plus, you will get to see what they looked like back in 1967!
Henry’s End. Photo: Evan Bindelglass
Buildings Department records show 44 Henry Street was used as a restaurant as far back as 1939. It was a bar called Al’s before it was Henry’s End.
It has been Henry’s End since 1973, when a man named Donald Bleekman, who owned the building until 2012, operated it. In 1979, he sold it to Gary Pomponio. In 1980, Mark Lahm was hired as a dishwasher. He had no particular interest in food at the time, but worked a number of jobs at the restaurant, made friends with Pomponio, and took a course at the Culinary Institute of America.
Mark Lahm sits at the bar inside Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar. Photo: Evan Bindelglass
After graduating in 1986, Lahm bought Henry’s End. He’s proud of their Wine Spectator award-wining all-American wine list and annual wild game festival. If you’re wondering, it’s called Henry’s End because it’s not far from the end of Henry Street.
What The Owner Says To Order:
Appetizer: West Indian Bar-b-q Shrimp
Entrée: Chicken Lemonese or Duck with wild mushroom and lingonberry
Dessert: Mud Pie or Apple Cobbler
ARCHIVE DOCUMENT: 1939 Certificate of Occupancy (PDF)