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About us - Newks

The Newk's Story

Our family's kitchen has been open for over 17 years. Learn more about Newk's and the people that deliver on our quality promise every day, below.


  • 2004

    Newk’s Eatery was founded in 2004, as "Newk's Express Cafe" by Don Newcomb, Debra Bryson and Chris Newcomb, the team that founded McAlister’s Deli. Our first store opened in Oxford, Mississippi.

    As Chris Newcomb tested and perfected menu items for their new concept, it became apparent this venture would closely reflect the team’s personal passion in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, many of the staple menu items were born from treasured Newcomb family recipes. Thus Newk’s was born – a nickname given to our founder, Chris Newcomb.

  • 2005

    We opened our first Franchised store. Today, our Franchise community has grown to over 80 locations.

  • 2008

    Newk's is named one of the "Top 10 New Restaurant Concepts" by Restaurant Chains Magazine.

  • 2009

    Newk's is listed as one of Inc. Magazine's "Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies."

  • Lori Newcomb & The Establishment of Newk's Cares

    Ovarian cancer hits close to home for the Newk’s family. Lori Newcomb, co-founder of Newk’s Cares and Wife of Newk’s Eatery Co-founder and CEO, Chris Newcomb, was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in February 2013. Lori launched the Newk’s Cares initiative in 2014. It became her life mission to improve the rate of early diagnosis by funding research and creating greater awareness about the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. Newk’s Cares has raised $1.6 million for Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Learn more about this cause and how you can help, by visiting the Newk's Cares page.

    In 2019, Lori Newcomb and Newk's Cares is awarded the Teal Spirit Award by the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) for their efforts in raising over $1 Million in donations for Cancer research.