It’s official: Seven Lions has closed after four years along Michigan Avenue. News hit at the end of November that the restaurant’s owners were hit with a $764,000 eviction lawsuit and rumors began swirling that the restaurant would soon close. Check, Please! host Alpana Singh opened the restaurant in 2015 and sold her stake in 2017. The current ownership announced the shutter on its website with a short message in all caps: “Seven Lions Chicago is permanently closed. Thank you for your patronage.”
The restaurant was owned by John Ward who also partnered with Singh in River North at Boarding House. The shutter at 130 S. Michigan Avenue paves the way for a new tenant who’s ready to take over the space. DineAmic Group, the owners of Bar Siena, Barrio, and Prime & Provisions, applied for a liquor license to take over the restaurant. It appears some variant of Bar Siena/BomboBar from the West Loop will replace Seven Lions. That restaurant was opened with input from Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani.
Last month, DineAmic announced plans to open another BomboBar, bringing its Instagram-friendly desserts to Old Town. A DineAmic spokesperson had no comment about the Seven Lions space. An update should come later this month.