Newk’s Eatery Coming To East Orlando

Newk’s Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, is expanding into Central Florida, with plans to bring 10-12 corporate-owned locations to the Orlando area over the next five years.


By Jacob Engels


Construction is underway on the first Orlando-area Newk’s restaurant in the Waterford Oaks shopping center, owned by BluRock Development, at 1542 North Alafaya Trail. It is slated to open in mid- August. A second restaurant is planned for late 2016 at 11650 University Blvd.


The development plan will further establish Mississippi-based Newk’s as a major player in Florida, where the brand is currently growing in the panhandle region, Jacksonville, Tampa-St. Petersburg, and Palm Beach and Broward counties.


“Newk’s Eatery brings a fresh take on fast casual dining to the Waterford Oaks center,” said BluRock Development owner Joe Schuemann.


“I’ve heard a lot of people say they’ve heard about Newk’s and are eager to try it. We feel there’s a great demand for the brand in the Orlando market.


In addition to rapid corporate expansion in Orlando, Newk’s has a long-term goal of reaching more than 200 locations by 2018.


Celebrating its 12th year,  Newk’s has remained steadfast in its commitment to quality, serving made-from- scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and California-style pizzas using fresh and flavorful ingredients, accompanied by a unique level of service and hospitality.


Pop on over to Newk’s Eatery’s newest location in Waterford Oaks on Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sample some of the brand’s favorite sandwiches, sides, and desserts – for free while supplies last. The event is a pre-opening celebration of the company’s first Orlando location at 1448 North Alafaya Trail. Guests can register for giveaways and prizes that are redeemable when the restaurant opens in early August.


Learn more about Newk’s Orlando by clicking here.



Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at