|Angela C. Bond|
"And because Seven is located in a historic building," George added, "we couldn't add an outdoor deck or patio to accommodate smokers. That was hard, because we had built up a very steady nightclub clientele." The addition of the new nightclubs in the Power & Light District also took its toll on Seven's cocktail crowd.
George and Fontana parted ways after Seven was about a year old and George operated the business himself. I asked him if he'd consider opening another restaurant someday.
"My background is in the transportation business," he laughed. "Let's just say that I've had my enjoyment. It was a lot of fun, but the restaurant and nightclub business is very hands-on. You need to be there all the time."
Not quite seven days a week, but you get the idea. George has the business up for sale. Maybe Seven will be a lucky number for someone else.