Chicago restaurateur George Bannos dies

By John Demspey, WLS-AM News

(CHICAGO)   Longtime Chicago restaurant owner George Bannos has died of a heart attack at the age of 65.     WLS Talk show hosts  Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano broke the news on WLS Wednesday morning that Bannos died of a heart attack Tuesday at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he went after suffering chest pains  at a nearby Home Depot.

Bannos and his brother Jimmy ran the Heaven on Seven Creole Cajun restaurants in the Garland Building at 111 N. Wabash and in Naperville.   They were also frequent guests on the “Sirott and Murciano” show,  verbally sparring with each other and discussing various developments in the restaurant industry.

Sirott and Murciano told listeners that Jimmy Bannos told them his brother was actually scheduled to have a stress test today because he had not been feeling well.

The Bannos brothers were born into a restaurant family.   Their parents Gus and Cathie operated the Garland Coffee Shop at the Wabash location for several years, before the brothers converted it to Creole-Cajun cuisine in the 1980’s, renaming it Heaven on Seven, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Rick Kogan.

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