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Do you know what Babalu means?

I Love Lucy fans are familiar with the word “Babalu.” Ricky Ricardo frequently belted out his signature song, a Cuban standard, at his Tropicana nightclub before it was renamed Club Babalu. The song references Babalu-Aye, a deity of Afro-Caribbean origin in the Santeria religion – a faith that blends African religion with some aspects of Christianity. The singer cries out to Babalu to bring his lost love back. It’s also a word that Jackson restaurant owner Al Roberts tucked away in his mind, thinking it would be a great restaurant name. The Fondren eatery Babalu Tacos & Tapas opened five weeks ago at 622 Duling Ave. Three classrooms that were part of the old Duling School were transformed into the space. Enter and your eyes are drawn to a wall projection of vintage I Love Lucy clips. “I was in a restaurant (out of state) that had a small screen that they were showing cowboy movies on,” Roberts said. “When I saw that, I thought we could put I love Lucy on it.” The restaurant’s …