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



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Babalu Tapas & Tacos is opening the doors of its first Atlanta location this June thanks to a local team of individuals working at Jackson, Mississippi-based Eat Here Brands’ offices in Roswell. The team includes: Chief Financial Officer Tim Walker, Chief Operations Officer Stan Stout, Director of Operations Ben Miller and Marketing Director Stacey McMinn.

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.


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