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Heaven on Seven Rush Street Abruptly Closes

By Ted Cox | January 5, 2015 10:58am
 The entrance to Heaven on Seven Rush Street caused it to miss out on some Magnificent Mile foot traffic.
The entrance to Heaven on Seven Rush Street caused it to miss out on some Magnificent Mile foot traffic.
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RIVER NORTH — Heaven is officially closed — at least, the Heaven on Seven Rush Street, the second location of the New Orleans-style restaurant named in a nod to its flagship location on the seventh floor of the Garland Building.

Heaven on Seven Rush Street announced Monday via Facebook and Twitter that its outpost at 600 N. Michigan Ave. would close, effective immediately.

Rush Street General Manager Steve Skutnik declined to comment.

"Thank you to all of our friends and guests for your patronage over the years," the team announced in a post on the restaurant's Facebook page Monday morning, less than an hour before the restaurant would typically open at 11 a.m.

"As of Monday, January 5, 2015, Heaven on Seven Rush Street is closed. Please visit us at Heaven on Seven Wabash or Heaven on Seven Naperville."

Jimmy Bannos' original location in the Garland Building, 111 N. Wabash St., opened in 1980 and built a following that led to long lines. He followed with the Rush Street outpost in 1997, teaming up with the Lettuce Entertain You group on that venture.

Yet the roomier second location, while popular for a long while, was eventually troubled by its entry off Michigan Avenue. While the address was technically at 600 N. Michigan Ave., the entry, to both the restaurant and the movie theaters in the same building, was on Rush Street, hidden from Magnificent Mile foot traffic.

Many offering comments on the Facebook page Monday said they were immediately heading to the original location in the Garland Building.

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