Newk’s franchisee team to enrich Gulf Coast presence for a total of eight restaurants by end of 2017
One of Newk’s Eatery’s most successful franchisee teams is bringing fresh, flavorful eating into downtown Pensacola with the city’s second Newk’s restaurant. The Newk’s franchisee team, consisting of managing partners and seasoned restaurateurs Kevin Fitzpatrick, Roman Mayer and Craig Reeder, is jump-starting the site of the former Wintzell’s Oyster House and Copeland’s New Orleans Restaurant & Bar with the grand opening of Newk’s brand new downtown location on May 18 at 10:30 a.m. The rejuvenated property sitting directly off Interstate 110 will be serving up the fast-casual brand’s signature culinary-driven menu for both Pensacola locals and Gulf Coast travelers. The franchisees behind the downtown restaurant also own Newk’s Cordova Mall location which opened in Pensacola this past November.
“Newk’s fresh, vibrant flavor profile fits hand-in-hand with coastal living,” said Pensacola native and Newk’s franchise group COO Kevin Fitzpatrick. “Our management and partners have a taste for what local diners crave and have done an outstanding job building a customer-centered culture in each of our restaurants. We are excited to make the Newk’s experience even more convenient for Pensacola guests with our second downtown location.”
By the end of 2017, the franchisee group expects to have a total of eight Newk’s restaurants operating on the Gulf Coast. With three locations currently open in D’Iberville, Gulfport and Hattiesburg along Mississippi’s coast, the trio has plans to open three more Newk’s Eateries following the Gulf shores of both Alabama and Florida in addition to the existing two Pensacola locations.
“We were attracted to the Newk’s brand in the wake of the Gulf Coast’s large-scale rebuilding phase following Hurricane Katrina,” said Newk’s franchisee Roman Mayer. “We love the dining experience Newk’s offers with its exceptional hospitality and the freshness of its menu, and we knew Newk’s special brand of dining would resonate with the people of the coast.”
Newk’s downtown restaurant will be located at 400 East Chase Street and will offer seating in its approximately 4,500 square-foot space for 152 guests, along with outside patio seating for 20 more. The restaurant will provide job opportunities for around 80 applicants in the area.
At Newk’s, there is something for everyone to enjoy from the restaurant’s diverse menu of fresh tossed salads, artisan pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches and made-from-scratch soups and desserts. Newk’s signature menu items are meticulously handcrafted with rigorously selected fresh ingredients in an open kitchen and served tableside in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The fast-casual restaurant delivers lunch to the table or to the office with its robust catering service and offers guests flavorful meals on the go with its convenient Grab N’ Go and online ordering options.
The Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s Eatery currently has nearly 80 locations in 13 states and plans to expand to more than 200 units by the end of 2018. Newk’s is featured on Technomic’s list of top 50 fast-casual chains nationwide.
For more information on franchise opportunities, go to www.newks.com/franchise.
Newk’s Eatery is passionate about delivering fresh, flavorful food experiences. The fast-casual brand’s culinary-driven menu prepared in its open-view kitchens includes made-from-scratch soups, fresh tossed salads, artisan pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches and desserts. Rapidly expanding since its first restaurant opening in 2004, Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s currently operates and franchises nearly 80 units in 13 states. For more information, visit Newks.Com, join the Roundtable Club or follow Newk’s on Facebook and Twitter.