Newk’s Eatery to Open First Restaurant in Fayetteville

Newk's Eatery to Open First Restaurant in Fayetteville
Fast casual franchise brings fresh dining experience to area

Newk’s Eatery, a fresh casual restaurant concept known among its loyal following for its culinary-inspired menu with an emphasis on freshness and flavor, will officially open its first location in Fayetteville, N.C. on Monday, Nov. 18 at 745 Cross Creek Mall, Suite 150.

The casual, upscale Newk’s Eatery offers a variety of quality, craveable menu options from the franchise’s open-view kitchens, including fresh-tossed salads, oven-baked sandwiches, California-style pizzas, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes. The culinary-driven dining concept features exceptional ingredient combinations like salads with chicken, cranberries, pecans, artichoke hearts and gorgonzola cheese on a bed of spring greens, for mouth-wateringly distinct flavor profiles.

Newk’s offers a separate catering menu and original programs that keep customers coming back. Newk’s Roundtable Club members get special offers to reward them for their repeat visits. The club is named after the table featured in the center of every location that offers various complimentary spices, toppings and add-ons, allowing diners to customize their menu items. Another original Newk’s concept is Grab-N-Go, which gives busy guests the option to drop in, quickly pick out a favorite menu item from the select offerings in the open, stand-up refrigerator case at the front of the restaurant for an on-the-go lunch or take-out dinner.

Behind the Fayetteville store is franchise company Kudzu Food Services, which consists of Wirt and David Yerger, a father and son entrepreneurial team. The pair opened their first Newk’s location in Winston-Salem in January 2012 and a second in Greensboro in September of this year. They have signed on to open seven more nearby Newk’s locations over the next two and a half years, including a restaurant in Raleigh.

Newk’s is not the first investment the Yerger’s have made together. The conglomerate of companies the family owns span a variety of industries, but Newk’s is their first restaurant franchise purchase. David Yerger started his working years in the restaurant industry, filling hourly positions. After beginning a full-time career in personal finance and realizing it was not the right fit for him, David gave in to the lingering draw of the restaurant industry and decided to invest in a franchise. As a family originally from Jackson, Miss. where Newk’s is headquartered, the Yerger’s frequently dined at the restaurant chain and fell in love with the original concept and its unique, fresh food. When it came time to invest in a restaurant franchise, it was an easy decision for the family.

“I think the Newk’s philosophy of service, quality of the food and heart for communities are the things that really gripped me as I was considering franchising,” said David Yerger. “We are excited to offer this unique restaurant concept in Fayetteville and look forward to bringing even more Newk’s restaurants to the region.”

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As a refreshing casual dining experience in a stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness, flavor and unparalleled customer service, Newk’s Eatery boasts a comprehensive menu of freshly-prepared entrees with sizable portions and exceptional ingredient combinations. Rapidly expanding since the first restaurant opening in Oxford, Miss. in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises 60 units in 12 states. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., the rights to more than 100 units of the culinary-driven dining concept have been sold across the South. From the restaurants’ open-view kitchens, customers dining in can watch the preparation of fresh-tossed salads, oven-baked sandwiches, California-style pizzas, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes and then customize their meals at the signature Roundtable. Conveniently, Newk’s also offers catering and daily-prepared menu options in the Grab-N-Go refrigerated case at the front of each store. For more information visit, join the Roundtable Club for email updates or follow the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.