JACKSON — Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, has announced a new development agreement with New Orleans-based Southeast Restaurant Group, founded by Elie Khoury. The operator of franchise and independent restaurants plans to open 15 Newk’s locations throughout Southern Louisiana and in Houston.
With the new agreement, Southeast Restaurant Group becomes Newk’s largest franchisee. SRG is currently a franchisee of TGI Fridays and Chevys Fresh Mex, operating restaurants in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. It also operates its own concepts including a Mediterranean-style restaurant in the Miami area, a Creole-inspired restaurant in New Orleans, and The Round House Bar & Grill, located in the Holiday Inn Hotels owned by its affiliate, KFK Group.
Newk’s will open nearly 30 new company-owned and franchised locations this year, with plans to reach 200 units by 2018. The concept has attracted guests and franchisees alike, and SRG is the fourth new franchisee signing in 2015.
SRG plans to open its first Newk’s in Louisiana sometime early next year.