JACKSON, Miss., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Newk's Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchen, is expanding into Indiana with the company's latest development agreement to open 15 locations in the Indianapolis and southern Indiana markets over the next several years.
Indy Eatery LLC is co-owned by Stephen "Kent" Mabe and Mitias Garrett Investments, LLC. Carmel, Indiana, native Kent Mabe, will serve as the local operating partner, also boasts a long track record as a successful fast casual operator in the Indianapolis market. Mabe served as an Operations Specialist in the US Navy for three years where he fine-tuned leadership skills.
"Indy Eatery will be locally operated by a native of the Indianapolis area who understands the market and, with his deep experience in fast casual, is an ideal partner to introduce the Newk's brand to Indiana," said Newk's Chief Development Officer Chris Cheek. "Our Indianapolis locations will provide a strong base from which to build the Newk's brand in the Midwest."
Now in its 12th year of business, Newk's serves made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and artisan pizzas using fresh and flavorful ingredients, accompanied by a unique level of service and Southern hospitality.
"Newk's is designed from top to bottom for the way people want to eat today, and we think the concept will take off in the Indianapolis area," said Mabe. "We look forward to being part of Newk's overall growth strategy."
Indy Eatery is the fourth multi-unit franchisee to sign with Newk's in 2016. Combined, the new franchisees will open more than 45 new restaurants in the next four years, consistent with Newk's goal to reach 200 units by 2019.
For more information on Newk's and its franchise opportunities, visit www.newks.com/franchise.
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. FastCasual.com named Newk's among its Top 50 "Movers and Shakers" in 2015 and 2016; Franchise Times magazine ranked Newk's among its top "Fast and Serious" franchise brands for the second year in a row; and Technomic listed Newk's in its Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. Recently, the brand 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 Newks.com, join the Roundtable Club or follow Newk's on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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