It was in 1984, while experimenting with Louisiana recipes, that Jimmy's real passion and talent for cooking emerged. Soon regular customers were going crazy over his gumbo and red beans, demanding Cajun specials year round.
Feeling a true affinity for the South, something he'd had even as a little boy, Jimmy and wife Annamarie headed for New Orleans to immerse themselves in the culture. What had started as just a diversion from coffee shop fare grew into a true passion for everything Cajun and Creole. In 1985, compelled by a real love for this food, the Bannos family transformed their neighborhood coffee shop into "Heaven on Seven."
Aptly named to identify its seventh floor location, and to describe the heavenly clouds of steam wafting from Jimmy's scrumptious gumbo, "Heaven on Seven" was created with heart and soul. Jimmy's goal was then and is now for "Heaven on Seven" to be the best Louisiana style restaurant outside of New Orleans.