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Babalu Tapas & Tacos (Eat Here Brands, LLC.)

Actively expanding in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee

About the Company

Main content starts here, tab to start navigating OUR STORY Babalu is the brainchild of successful restaurateurs Bill Latham and Al Roberts. Collectively, the two business partners have owned or operated various restaurants both in and outside of Jackson, Miss., for more than 30 years. Their latest concept – upscale Latin-inspired cuisine, was born out of the love and respect for food and for music genres such as the guaracha, cha-cha, and Latin jazz. Understanding that music unites and energizes people and is a common inspirational thread, they quickly realized they were on to something. They named their new restaurant concept Babalu, after the signature song of the television character Ricky Ricardo, played by Desi Arnaz in the television comedy series I Love Lucy. Music is a big component of Babalu, and Cuban, Spanish, and Latin music of all genres is consistently being played in each Babalu. Roberts began conceptualizing the menu, while Latham began scouting possible locations. At the time, Jackson’s historic Fondren neighborhood was undergoing a rebirth as the hub of the city’s Arts District. Latham found the perfect location in Duling Hall – a former elementary school (coincidentally, Latham’s wife Betsy attended first grade here). Babalu renovated the school’s former first grade classroom and great care was put into preserving as much of the original architecture as possible, while still creating a fun and energetic space for guests. In 2010, the first Babalu location opened in Jackson with great success.

Last updated: October 2, 2019

Current Locations
9
Franchised
HQ Address
4500 I-55, Jackson, MS,
Website

Expansion Plans

Desired size
5,000 to 6,000 sq ft
12 Month Expansion Plans
2
24 Month Expansion Plans
4
Expanding in
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee

 

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