Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Babalu Tapas & Tacos Opening in Atlanta with Seasoned, Local Team of Restaurant Industry Veterans


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BABALU TAPAS & TACOS OPENING IN ATLANTA WITH SEASONED, LOCAL TEAM
OF RESTAURANT INDUSTRY VETERANS
Roswell-Based Office of Eat Here Brands Guides Growth in the City They Know Best

ATLANTA (May 31, 2017) – Babalu Tapas & Tacos is opening the doors of its first Atlanta location this June thanks to a local team of talented individuals working at Jackson, Mississippi-based Eat Here Brands’ offices in Roswell.Together, the company’s Chief Financial Officer Tim Walker, Chief Operations Officer Stan Stout, Director of Operations Ben Miller and Marketing Director Stacey McMinn have been instrumental in the growth and development of the Babalu brand, and their combined experience in the Atlanta restaurant market enables the Spanish-meets-Southern-style tapas eatery to deliver just what the city desires at its new Midtown location in the 33 Peachtree Place development.

“We have an amazing team in Atlanta who not only know the local market inside and out but who also have a wide breadth of experience within the restaurant industry,” said Bill Latham, CEO of Eat Here Brands. “I’m confident their talents and localized strategy will lead to a successful introduction of Babalu to Atlanta.”

CFO Walker joined the Eat Here Brands team in 2014 and brings over 20 years of broad based business experience and over a decade of experience working with Atlanta based restaurant groups. Prior to Eat Here Brands, he was the Senior Vice President and CFO of Stevi B’s Pizza, where he led the IT, finance and strategy functions.  Earlier in his career, he assisted Arby’s with its finance and development activities.

As COO, Stout brings over 20 years of Atlanta restaurant industry experience and connections to many Atlanta-based brands. Stout worked as the chief human resources and technology officer at AFC Enterprises. Then during his time as managing partner at In the Black Partners, he worked with national and regional brands such as Arby’s, Newk’s, McAlister’s Deli, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Sticky Fingers, Taco Mac and Tin Lizzy’s.

Miller has been working in Atlanta since 2000 and in the restaurant industry since 1992. His past experience includes time spent at Hardee’s, TGI Fridays and a vice president of operations role at Taco Mac, as well as a multi-unit management position with Hooters in the Georgia market. As director of operations since 2016, Miller takes genuine interest in his team members, developing those who are drawn to the restaurant industry and helping them to push their own limits to achieve goals.

As marketing director, McMinn is responsible for all marketing programs, brand management and restaurant grand openings. Prior to joining Eat Here Brands, McMinn was with FOCUS Brands, where she managed grand openings and local marketing strategy for McAlister’s Deli. Her previous experience includes more than 18 years of media strategy roles working with brands like Applebee’s, Blimpie, Buffalo Wild Wings, Pizza Hut and Ruby Tuesday.

Opening its doors this June, Babalu Atlanta is located at 33 Peachtree Place at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place next to the newly opened Dancing Goats Coffee Bar.

About Babalu
Babalu Tapas & Tacos is a fun, one-of-a-kind, sharing-style dining experience. Founded in 2010, in Jackson, Mississippi, the restaurant has quickly taken the Southeast by storm. The Latin-inspired dishes -- each with a unique Southern flair -- are sure to bring people together. Babalu is proud to use hyper-local produce and products for its made-from-scratch dishes and handcrafted cocktails. Babalu is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eat Here Brands. For more information, visit Atlanta.eatBABALU.com. Follow Babalu on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for additional updates.

About Eat Here Brands
In early 2012, Bill Latham and Al Roberts teamed up to establish Eat Here Brands, LLC. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, Eat Here Brands is the restaurant holding company for Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Table 100 and Interim Restaurant & Bar. For more information on Eat Here Brands, visit www.eathere.com.

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