Eat Here Brands, owner of eight Babalu restaurant locations, sold its stake in Flowood, Mississippi, restaurant Table 100 to Bill Latham and Al Roberts on December 31. Latham and Roberts, the co-founders of Babalu, Table 100 and Eat Here Brands, both remain actively involved on Eat Here’s board of managers. The sale is part of Eat Here’s strategy to shift its focus to growing Babalu, its core asset.

“Table 100 is a great, high-performing restaurant with a well-established and loyal customer base,” says Abe Ruiz, CEO of Eat Here Brands. “As creators of the brand and outstanding restaurateurs, Bill and Al were the logical buyers, and we are delighted they are assuming ownership.  Under their stewardship, I am confident that Table 100 will continue to flourish.”

“We’re excited to take the reins of Table 100 and to ensure that it continues to serve Flowood and the Jackson metro area communities,” Latham and Roberts say. “We are also excited about the prospects for Eat Here Brands and Babalu. We look forward to helping both continue to grow and thrive in the coming years.”

Founded in 2011, Table 100 boasts a menu of Euro-American bistro favorites like its double-cut pork chop, Ashley Farms chicken breast, braised beef short rib and the popular Table 100 burger. It’s all served in an elegant setting that conjures turn-of-the-century New Orleans with a piano bar, craft cocktails and a can’t-miss Sunday jazz brunch.

Babalu, named for Ricky Ricardo’s signature song on the hit television comedy I Love Lucy, is a fun, one-of-a-kind, sharing-style dining experience. Founded in 2010, in Jackson, the restaurant has quickly taken the Southeast by storm, serving a unique mix of Latin-inspired small plates and distinctly Southern tastes, all made from scratch and executed with a unique Southern flair. Babalu is proud to use hyper-local produce and products for its made-from-scratch dishes and handcrafted cocktails. Visit for more information.

Eat Here Brands, headquartered in Roswell, Georgia is the owner and operator of Babalu, with locations in Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Lexington, Kentucky; and East Memphis, Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee.

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