Spradley. Image: Goodwin Group

Babalu® has promoted Amanda Spradley to the position of General Manager.

Spradley will oversee all daily operations of the restaurant, which is the first and original Babalu location for the brand that has now grown to eight locations across the South.

The restaurant veteran has worked extensively in the hospitality industry in both Jackson and Memphis, including with Babalu in several management positions. She is a native of the Jackson area and a graduate of Mississippi State University.

“Amanda is the perfect choice to lead our team at this iconic location where Babalu got its start,”said Abe Ruiz, CEO of Eat Here Brands, the parent company of Babalu. “She knows the Babalu culture, understands why Babalu Fondren has been so successful and is a hands-on manager. Her energy and attention to detail will ensure that guests’ needs and expectations are met, making a visit to Babalu Fondren a memorable experience.”

Renowned Jackson restaurateurs Bill Latham and Al Roberts opened Babalu in Fondren in 2010 as a unique extension of Eat Here Brands. Housed in the landmark Duling Hall, it instantly grew a large and loyal following due to its unique dining experience featuring Latin-influenced Tapas with a Southern flair made from fresh ingredients. The menu includes a wide range of dishes, and Babalu is best knownfor its table-prepared guacamole, unique tacos, its famed Baba Burger and Baba Rita®

“Our priority is to create an ambiance and deliver hospitality unlike any other in this market,” said Spradley. “We want our guests to have fun, share food and celebrate life’s moments. We also have listened to our guests and brought back the favorites while we work on adding new and exciting dishes and drinks.

Babalu is also known for outstanding values offered during the week, including Margarita Monday,Taco Tuesday, Burger Wednesday and Sangria Thirsty Thursday.

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