Balans restaurant owner found dead

Prady Balan

UPDATE April, 7, 3:32 p.m.: The Balans restaurants will continue to operate in the wake of founder Prady Balan’s sudden death from a heart attack last month. They will be run by Balan’s son, Jonathan, according to a statement the family sent to The Miami Herald.

“An international restaurateur and entrepreneur, Prady Balan was a deeply loved member of his family and community. His death comes as a shock to his close relatives and friends, as he was known to be in good health,” it reads.

“More widely known in South Florida for Balans Restaurants, Prady Balan leaves behind a legacy of successful businesses. It is with utmost pride in his father’s achievements, that Jonathan, his son, will continue his father’s work in running the Miami restaurants which bear the Balans name.”

PREVIOUS STORY: Restaurateur Prady Balan, whose namesake Balans restaurants spread from London to become a fixture on South Beach and throughout Miami-Dade County, has died.

Balan was 59. He died of coronary heart disease, according to the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office. Balan’s son, Jonathan, called Miami Beach police on March 15 to check in on his father after not hearing from him for several days. The property manager at his 21st Street apartment opened the door for police, who found Balan face down between the bedroom and living room.

Balan (pronounced BAY-lun), who founded seven successful restaurants in London, according to the Balans website, opened his first Balans on South Beach’s Lincoln Road in 1997. It quickly became a favorite of locals and tourists for its casual comfort food with world influences. Balan went on to open several other Balans in Mary Brickell Village, in the Miami Modern district off Biscayne and in Dadeland.

Jonathan Balan, reached by phone, did not comment on his father’s passing, and there is no word on how or if the restaurants’ operations will be affected by Prady Balan’s death.

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