According to a representative for Eat Here, The Spell Restaurant Group won the bid to acquire Babalu, “and due to lease issues and costs to operate the Atlanta location, elected not to include it in the sale. They also did not take over the remaining construction and lease on the (Roswell) Canton Street property.”
The remaining five Babalu locations will all be acquired this week.
Spell Restaurant Group is owned by the father-daughter team of Rick Spell and Christy Spell.
“We are thrilled to add Bablu to our family of restaurants,” Christy said in a press release. “We have been big fans of the concept ever since the Babalu location opened in Memphis’ Overton Square. When the opportunity to bid came open, we crunched the numbers and decided this would be an excellent addition to our collection of restaurants. As we visited all the locations and met the team, we became even more sure of it.”
The restaurant group owns restaurants in Tennessee and Florida.
Former AJC food writer Wyatt Williams gave Babalu one out of four stars when he reviewed it in November 2017, calling it "a Latin restaurant that has lost its accent."
The menu featured items including tacos, guacamole made tableside, sandwiches, tapas-style dishes such as Creole shrimp and grits and pan-roasted redfish and shareable sides.
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