Paul Baldasaro named COO of growing Taco Mac sports bar chain

The former Mellow Mushroom exec will lead operations and training for the 27-unit brand in Georgia and Tennessee.
The Atlanta-based sports bar chain has 27 units in Georgia and Tennessee. /Photograph: Aaron Schorch.

A former Mellow Mushroom executive has been named chief operating officer of the Taco Mac sports bar chain.

Paul Baldasaro, who most recently was CEO of the 25-unit sports bar Hickory Tavern in Charlotte, N.C., has moved to Atlanta-based Taco Mac, which recently opened its 27th location and another four are planned for next year. Baldasaro will be tasked with leading the operations and training teams.

Paul Baldasaro

Paul Baldasaro/Photo courtesy of Taco Mac

For Baldasaro, it’s somewhat of a homecoming. He served previously as COO for Mellow Mushroom, which is also based in Atlanta, and for Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. He is a past board chairman of the Georgia Restaurant Association.

“I am thrilled that Paul has joined our leadership team,” said Taco Mac CEO Harold Martin Jr., in a statement. “He is an experienced and disciplined leader with high integrity and deep experience in all facets of restaurant operations. He also has a passion for creating magical hospitality experiences. Paul’s leadership will help accelerate our growth and better serve our loyal guests, our passionate team members and the local communities we serve.”

The 43-year-old Taco Mac brand operates across Georgia and Tennessee.

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