A Fresh Start
Newk’s Eatery opens first Indiana location in Greenwood
Writer / Michelle Kaufman
Photographer / Brian Brosmer
Operating Partner Kent Mabe has been in the restaurant business for almost all his life. He says other concepts he’s worked with have all come to the north side first and then to Greenwood as a second thought.
“When I had the opportunity to take the Newk’s Eatery brand here to Indianapolis, I wanted to give Greenwood the first shot,” Mabe says.
No food at Newk’s Eatery comes in pre-packaged or preserved. Proteins such as chicken, salmon, shrimp and steak are sliced and grilled fresh daily. Newk’s menu offers a variety of options, such as sandwiches, kettle-made soups, salads and desserts, including 12-layer cakes.
Guests place their order at the counter and then sit down, where food is brought to them. After the food is served, staff checks in with them as they eat and clears away dishes.
“There are no busing areas or trash cans for guests. Once you’re finished eating, you get up and you leave,” Mabe says. “We don’t accept gratuities either, so that’s another benefit that helps, especially college students and people who don’t have the extra disposable income.”
Newk’s can seat 145 people inside and an additional 45 on the patio. There is a Grab-N-Go cooler section filled with fresh-made sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts and beverages.
Co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb added Newcomb family recipes to the menu, such as chicken salad and Tippah County caviar, which are marked by a special logo on the Newk’s menu.
One of the unique features of Newk’s is The Roundtable, where guests can add ingredients such as house-roasted garlic in Italian extra virgin olive oil, breadsticks, house-made croutons and bread-and-butter pickles.
“The overall service and the hospitality that you’re going to receive in our restaurant will set us apart from everybody in the area,” Mabe says. “I’m mostly excited just to take care of guests. Every guest that walks in. I cannot wait to give them the Newk’s Eatery experience. What we have to offer, it’s a home run. We just have to do our part and execute.”
Mabe thinks Newk’s will be well-received in Greenwood and that its residence will help the brand grow across the state.
“If you take care of people with great food and great service, they’re very loyal and they pass the word quickly,” Mabe says.
Mabe plans to open 15 more Newk’s locations across Indiana in the next 7 to 10 years.