Newk's Eatery

Newk’s and Florida Franchisee To Open 11 New Locations

Newk's Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchen, announced a new development agreement with franchisee Aeolus Group. The multi-unit operators have committed to open 11 Newk’s locations in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Lakeland, and Clearwater markets in Florida.

The agreement is part of Newk’s growth plans that include opening nearly 30 new company-owned and franchised locations this year. The chain currently has 77 units in 13 states, predominantly in the Southeast.

Newk's Highlights Healthy Choices with 600 Calorie Menu

New Year’s resolution makers will now find dozens of healthful, culinary-inspired meals on Newk’s Eatery’s menu to help jumpstart this year’s healthy choices. Newk’s 600 Calorie Menu, which will be highlighted in restaurants in early 2015, is a complement to the fast-casual brand’s diverse menu of fresh tossed salads, California-style pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches, and made-from-scratch soups and desserts. 

A Personal Connection

When Lori Newcomb found out she had stage III ovarian cancer last year, she made it her mission to learn more about the disease and help other women fighting the same battle. She sat down with her husband, Chris Newcomb, cofounder and CEO of Southern quick-service chain Newk’s Eatery, and together they decided Newk’s would make a great platform for raising money and awareness for ovarian cancer research.

Newk's Unveils Online Ordering Platform

Newk’s Eatery’s is rolling out its new online ordering platform. For more than a decade, the fast-causal restaurant brand has served up food experiences for both its in-house and takeout diners, engaging guests around its tables in an inviting atmosphere, while also offering busy customers a separate Grab N’ Go entrance with a custom refrigerated selection of popular menu items made daily. After the mid-November debut of Newk’s online ordering program—to be implemented nation-wide by year’s end—guests will have two ways to take Newk’s dishes on the road or home for dinner.

Newk's Eatery Partners with Make-A-Wish

The grills at Birmingham’s Newk’s Eatery restaurants will be sizzling early in the morning Monday, November 17, for “Q for a Cause,” a week-long celebration of the new Inverness location’s grand opening. The four restaurants will be serving up a record number of Newk’s Q sandwiches—the most popular item on the Newk’s menu—to raise support for Alabama’s Make-A-Wish children. One dollar from every Newk’s Q purchased at Birmingham area restaurants from November 17 through 23 will be used to fulfill Alabama wishes.

Newk's Eatery Expands in Arkansas

Newk’s Eatery, a rapidly growing fast-casual restauran, is expanding its geographic footprint from the Southeast into the Lower Midwest with four new restaurants planned for Northwest Arkansas over the next couple of years. Longtime Arkansas business partners Jim Lynch and Jim White will open their first Newk’s Eatery restaurant in Fayetteville in December 2014, with openings in Bentonville, Rodger, and Fort Smith to follow.

Newk's Eatery Set to Begin Louisiana Expansion

Newk’s Eatery, a fast-casual restaurant brand, is expanding its Louisiana presence by four restaurants in the first quarter of 2015. Newk’s has three Louisiana restaurants, including locations in Monroe, Bossier City, and Shreveport, and expects to open two company-owned Baton Rouge restaurants, along with two franchise locations in West Monroe and Ruston early next year. The expansion in the capital city and other Louisiana markets is part of Newk’s plan to grow the franchise brand to 200 restaurants by the end of 2018.

Newk's Ovarian Cancer Campaign to Support Founder's Wife

Lori Newcomb, wife of Newk’s Eatery founder and CEO, Chris Newcomb

Newk’s Eatery is launching a Newk’s Cares campaign to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, a disease that hits close to home in the Newk’s family. Lori Newcomb, the wife of Newk’s cofounder and CEO Chris Newcomb, was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in early 2013. From mid-August through September, Newk’s is teaming up with Lori and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) to educate women and their loved ones about early warning signs of the disease, as well as promote research for a cure.

Newk's Names Industry Veteran Cheek Its New CDO

The 10-year-old fast casual Newk’s Eatery brand hired franchise development veteran Chris Cheek to oversee the company’s aggressive growth both through new, seasoned multiunit franchise operators and through expanded area development agreements with existing Newk’s franchisees. As chief development officer, Cheek will help meet the company’s goal of growing the group of nearly 70 Southeastern restaurants to 200 by 2019, and continue building a pipeline for long-term expansion.

Newk's Owner Plans 10-Restaurant Expansion

Todd Jackson, owner of several Alabama Newk’s Eatery locations, plans to open 10 new restaurants across Alabama and Texas over the next five years.

Jackson plans to expand his Birmingham-area business by two additional restaurants this year while simultaneously growing the brand in Austin and Houston, Texas.