JT Dewitt graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 and has been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years. He started his management career working with Darden Restaurants, one of the largest restaurant groups in the country. JT travelled the Southeast setting up and managing their restaurants for 10 years. It was with Darden that he recognized the importance of structure in a restaurant. Having a streamlined training process and consistency with a concept heavily contributes to a company’s success.
While JT was a General Manager at Red Lobster in Naples, Florida he decided to make a career move and join the local Bonefish Grill. He managed the Naples and Ft. Myers area before buying into the franchise in Madison, Mississippi. Taking on this new role helped JT find value in a fun and diverse workplace; one where both employees and guests have a great experience.
After seven years in Madison, JT was ready for another change and took an offer with EatHere Brands to open Babalu Tacos and Tapas in Knoxville.
In his spare time, JT enjoys hiking, playing pool, and eating sushi or chicken wings.