Newk's Eatery Opens



JACKSON, Miss. (Dec. 3, 2018) Newk’s Eatery, recently named “Best Overall Experience in Fast Casual” by Technomic at the National Restaurant Association conference, announces the opening of its first restaurant in Texarkana. The new eatery will open on Dec. 10 at 3001 Mall Drive. This opening will mark Newk’s 18th restaurant in Texas, growing to 122 restaurants total. 

“We’re thrilled to bring Newk’s Eatery to the Texarkana community,” said Michelle Spohnholz, VP of Marketing at Newk’s Eatery. “At Newk’s, we take a hands-on approach to every meal and go the extra mile to get the finest ingredients. We take personal pride in the details – cooking with house-roasted garlic and house-infused olive oils, as well as hand-chopping 20 fresh produce items daily. Our founder Chris ‘Newk’ Newcomb develops our scratch-made recipes, which come from the Newcomb family and have been perfected over generations.”

At Newk’s, every meal is prepared to-order in an open-view kitchen. The robust menu offers grilled & toasted sandwiches, more than a dozen entrée salads, kettle-batch soups and hand-rolled pizzas for lunch and dinner. Prime ingredients are used for every dish, including petite tenderloin steak, Atlantic salmon, all-white meat chicken breast and sushi-grade ahi tuna. All premium cuts are hand-sliced, flame-grilled and house-marinated. Newk’s also owns its own bakery, making signature Dozen-Layer Cakes every day with flavors like Strawberry, Caramel and Chocolate.

The centerpiece of the Newk’s dining room is The Roundtable – which offers a generous selection of free premium garnishes, including imported pepperoncini, Torinesi-style breadsticks, grated Parmesan, house-made croutons, bread & butter pickles, along with seasonal features like toasted garbanzo beans. Known for its collectible 32 oz. cup, Newk’s also features an Iced Tea Bar with fresh-brewed Rainforest Alliance Certified iced teas: unsweet, sweet, sweetened with Splenda® and a seasonal brew – now a Raspberry Iced Tea, which is a high-grown Kenyan black tea blended with real berries and black currents, balanced with rosehips and hibiscus flowers.

The 4,300-square-foot restaurant in Texarkana will accommodate 125 guests, including an enclosed patio, which will seat an additional 25 guests. CTM Hospitality, LLC will operate the restaurant, led by partners Mike and Daphne Cox, Mark Townsend and Sam Markezich, who first fell in love with the Newk’s brand while visiting in Hot Springs. The team immediately knew Newk’s was something special, appreciating the premium ingredients and southern hospitality, and began the process to bring the restaurant to their hometown.

To celebrate the Texarkana opening, Newk’s is hosting a “Dozen-Layer Cake Cutting Ceremony” on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 11:30 a.m. -2 p.m. Guests will enjoy meeting with the Newk’s team and members of the Texarkana community.

Newk’s in Texarkana will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For guests in a hurry, the restaurant will also feature online ordering, mobile app/skip-the-line options, as well as an Express Market that offers ready-to-take-home proteins and sides. Catering is also available for groups of all sizes, with specialists on-site to assist in building the perfect spread. For additional information, please visit


Newk's Eatery features open kitchens where freshly tossed salads, hand-crafted pizzas and hot toasted sandwiches are created so guests can see all the goodness that goes inside. It all starts with impeccable ingredients, even if they come from the other side of the globe: Ammerlander Swiss cheese, petite tenderloin steak and sushi-grade ahi tuna. Newk’s also owns its own bakery, making its signature Dozen-Layer Cakes truly an original.

The restaurant also features catering for events, online ordering and an open-air cooler filled with Newk’s fresh-made specialties to-go, including: sandwiches, salads, soups, pimento cheese and chicken salad (a Newcomb family recipe). Newk’s co-founder, Chris “Newk” Newcomb, has curated the best of his family’s originals and new twists on classic favorites taking great care to serve the best food and provide guests with a generous portion of hospitality.

Founded in 2004, Newk's currently operates and franchises 122 restaurants in 15 states and is gaining national attention for its accelerated growth and commitment to community. Newk’s Cares, the philanthropic arm of Newk’s Eatery was founded in 2014 and is committed to supporting ovarian cancer research and awareness to give every woman a fighting chance. Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Newk's Eatery is leading the next generation of fast casual. 

In 2018, Technomic listed Newk's in its Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. Newk’s won "Best Overall Fast Casual" and "Most Kid Friendly Fast Casual" in its Consumers’ Choice awards as well.