This full-service, shared-plates concept is poised for expansion with the recent promotion of industry vet Abe Ruiz to CEO. Ruiz has a lengthy resume of full-service experience, including a stint as chief operating officer of Famous Dave’s. Babalu, which first opened in 2010, looks for real estate in revitalizing neighborhoods. The restaurants are notable for their social atmosphere and soundtrack of Latin music. 

LocationRoswell, Ga.
2017 Systemwide Sales ($000,000)$25
YOY Sales Change78.6%
2017 U.S. Units9
YOY Unit Change125.0%
2017 Average Unit Volume ($000)$2,700
Future 50 Year2018

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