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Newk’s Café marks one year

Newk’s Café has become “the” restaurant for the lunch crowd, restaurant manager Steve Barnes said.

Newk’s, 11527 Parkside Drive, is celebrating one year in Farragut.

“We’ve enjoyed our time here,” franchisee Forbes Watson said.

Barnes agreed. In fact, he said, the Newk’s in Farragut has been so successful that the franchisees have plans to open four more restaurants in the Greater Knoxville area and five in and around Nashville.

“The first year has gone very well, so well that we’re actually looking at more locations,” Barnes said.

And while the Farragut market keeps Newk’s busy, Barnes said the restaurant is especially popular with the lunch crowd.

“The Farragut market is a lunch market, which has worked fairly well with our concept because we’re a lunch-driven concept,” Barnes said.

“I’ve got some ladies who come in four times a week now.

“The people are phenomenal,” he added.

Barnes said coming to know customers and staying involved with the community is important to himself and Watson. Newk’s is frequently a sponsor of community and school events.

“If we can take care of them, then in turn, they’ll come back and take care of us,” Barnes said.

Despite the popularity the restaurant has experienced, Barnes said there are still customers who come in wondering just what “Newk’s” means.

It doesn’t mean microwaves, he said.

“There are no fryers in the restaurant and there are no microwaves in the restaurant,” he added. The name actually comes from the last name of the restaurant’s founder, Newcomb.

“Once everybody does come in and try it, and finds out what we’re all about, 99 percent of the time they come back,” Barnes said.

Not only is nothing “nuked,” Barnes said, the restaurant concept emphasizes fresh, high-quality ingredients.

“Everything is made fresh, in-house. We do not use any preservatives whatsoever in any of our products,” Barnes said.

“We are a culinary-driven type concept,” he added.

Newk’s offers dine-in, grab-and-go and catering options.

For more information, call the restaurant at 865-288-6395 or visit


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