Jimmy Bannos, Sr


Chef & Restaurateur, Heaven on Seven

Third generation restaurateur Jimmy Bannos opened the “New Garland Coffee Shop” with his family in 1980 when he was fresh out of cooking school. It was in 1984, while experimenting with Louisiana recipes that Jimmy’s real passion and talent for cooking emerged. 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” which was aptly named to identify its seventh floor location and to describe the heavenly clouds of steam wafting from Jimmy’s scrumptious gumbo. Jimmy’s goal was then and is now for “Heaven on Seven” to be the best Louisiana style restaurant outside of New Orleans.