Newk’s Eatery to open Cherokee Springs Plaza location

06/03/2018 08:00 AM
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Cherokee Nation officials say that Newk’s Eatery will open its first Oklahoma location in November at the Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – According to a Cherokee Nation Communications press release, a Newk’s Eatery is expected to open its first Oklahoma location in November in the tribe’s Cherokee Springs Plaza.

The eatery is known for its culinary-driven menu, open kitchens and blue-ribbon ingredients, the release states.

“Newk’s brings a fresh take on fast casual dining that emphasizes authentic, flavorful ingredients and dishes prepared in-house the same way we’d make them at home,” Newk’s co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb said. “We look forward to serving the Tahlequah community and introducing Newk’s to the state of Oklahoma.”

The restaurant will be locally owned by franchisees Jim Lynch and Jim White and operated by Brett Lynch, according to the release. The Tahlequah location joins three other Newk’s Eateries in northwest Arkansas – Fayetteville, Rogers and Siloam Springs (opening in June) – owned and operated by the Lynch/White franchise group, the release states.

The release states that Newk’s Eatery serves made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and handcrafted pizzas for lunch and dinner. “Every dish is prepared in Newk’s open-view kitchens with premium ingredients, such as petite tenderloin steak, Atlantic salmon, all-white meat chicken breast and sushi-grade ahi tuna, to give guests a flavor-rich dining experience,” it states.

It also states the centerpiece of the Newk’s dining room is The Roundtable, where guests customize meals with complimentary condiments and extras, including house-roasted garlic in Italian extra-virgin olive oil, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, capers, imported pepperoncini, Torinesi-style breadsticks, hand-cut house-made croutons and guest-favorite bread-and-butter pickles.

“We are glad that Newk’s is making its home at Cherokee Springs Plaza,” Chuck Garrett, Cherokee Nation Businesses executive vice president and Cherokee Springs Plaza developer, said. “We believe this location is a gem and will bring the entertainment and dining options to the capital of the Cherokee Nation that this community deserves and will enjoy. Newk’s shares our mission of delivering quality guest service, and we find it a great asset to the development.”

According to the release, the 4,000-square-foot Tahlequah location, at 3377 Cherokee Springs Road, will offer indoor dining for 145 guests and patio seating for 40 more. The restaurant will also feature a Grab-N-Go cooler section filled with its fresh-made sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts and beverages. Guests at Newk’s can dine in, take out, call in orders, order online and order by mobile app, and the Newk’s in Tahlequah will offer a catering menu for all occasions.
According to the release, Newk’s Eatery is based in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded in 2004, Newk’s operates and franchises more than 120 units in 15 states. For more information, visit, join the Roundtable Club or follow Newk’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The CN broke ground on Cherokee Springs Plaza in 2014. The 154-acre retail, dining and entertainment development is next to Cherokee Springs Golf Course, the tribe’s 18-hole golf course. The plaza has since become home to a new auto dealership, the area’s first Taco Bueno, a Buffalo Wild Wings and a second Sonic Drive-In location. It also recently broke ground on the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah.


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