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Newk's Eatery Receives Top Honors at 2017 NRA Show

Chris and Lori Newcomb

Chris and Lori Newcomb recently attended the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association awards dinner.

JACKSON, Miss. - Newk’s Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, and its co-founder Chris Newcomb received top honors from prominent industry organizations during the 2017 NRA Show.

The Jackson, Mississippi-based brand was named among the 2017 Fast Casual Top Movers & Shakers, weighing in at No. 17 among the 76 brands and 24 industry executives recognized on the list, up from 2016’s ranking at No. 44.

Newk’s founder Chris Newcomb was also recognized as one of eight recipients of the prestigious IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards in the Chain Limited Service category. The awards, given by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, honor the nation’s top foodservice operator talent and are selected by a distinguished jury including national trade press, foodservice experts and past award winners.

“IFMA and Fast Casual recognize those who are leading the profound changes in our industry,” said Newcomb. "We are honored to be among these distinguished brands and will continue to innovate while also staying true to the values that make us exceptional – our commitment to scratch-made menu items prepared with premium ingredients in the transparency of our open kitchens.”

In the past year, Newk’s exceeded the 100-unit mark, expanded into 10 new markets and added over 50 new franchise unit commitments. It also emerged as a technology leader – launching its e-learning platform for employees and adding an Apple/Android app – and implementing its “Generation 2” restaurant design. Additionally, the company continues its commitment to important causes, having raised more than $500,000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance since 2013.

"Our list specifically recognizes brands for their contributions to the fast casual segment of the restaurant industry,” said Cherryh Cansler, editorial director of Fast Casual/NetWorld Media Group. “When it comes to creativity, progressiveness and sheer grit, these brands are leading the restaurant industry as a whole."

For more information on Newk’s and its franchise opportunities, go to

About Newk's Eatery:

Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Newk's Eatery is leading the next generation of fast casual with its culinary-driven menu prepared in Newk's open kitchens, featuring made-from-scratch soups, fresh tossed salads, artisan pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches and desserts. Founded in 2004, Newk's currently operates and franchises more than 100 units in 13 states and is gaining national attention for its accelerated growth and commitment to community. The newest Newk’s restaurants feature a "Generation 2" design, presenting a fresh, on-trend look for the brand while maintaining the company’s signature warmth and open-view kitchen. The award-winning brand is consistently named among Fast Casual’s Top “Movers and Shakers”; was named to Franchise Times’ "Fast and Serious" list for three consecutive years; is listed in the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; and was named among NRN’s Top 200 and Top 5 Fastest-Growing Chains and Restaurant Business' Top 40 Fast-Casual Chains. For more information, visit, join the Roundtable Club or follow Newk's on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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