Newks Eatery

2016 Second 100: Why Newk's Eatery is the No. 5 fastest-growing chain

This is part of the Nation’s Restaurant News annual Second 100 report, a proprietary ranking of restaurant brands Nos. 101-200 by U.S. systemwide sales and other data. This special report is a companion to the Top 100 report.

Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s Eatery, which made its debut in the Second 100 this year at No. 189, grew estimated sales per unit by nearly 3 percent in the Latest Year, to $2.1 million. But the chain’s 25-percent domestic systemwide sales growth was attributed mostly to unit expansion.

Newk’s ended the Latest Year with 96 locations, a 28-percent increase year over year. In 2016, 20 restaurants are scheduled to open, mostly in the Sun Belt region, with significant

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