Newk”s Express Caf## Hosts Benefit for Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation

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Newk”s Express Caf## in Lawrenceville will host a benefit for the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation on Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 14 at the restaurant located at 911 Duluth Highway. The restaurant, which is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., will donate at least 10 percent of all sales from Oct. 13 and 14 to the foundation. They hope to raise more than $3,000.

“We just opened in August so having a benefit for the hospital, which is right across the street from us, is a great way for Newk”s to help out and get involved in the community,”# said Greg LaFoe, owner of the Lawrenceville restaurant. “The hospital is a large part of our rapidly growing city and we want to help support it in any way we can. October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so this is a perfect time to raise money for the hospital. We”re excited for our customers to come into the restaurant and join us in this effort to make a difference for our local hospital.”#

Created by the founders of McAlister”s Deli (Don Newcomb, Chris Newcomb and Debra Bryson) who pioneered the fast-casual restaurant concept, Newk”s Express Caf## provides an express casual dining experience and features a variety of made-to-order choices including fresh-tossed salads, oven-baked sandwiches, California-style pizzas, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes baked by Newk”s Bakery Company. A selection of wines by the glass and beer is also available at select locations.

Since opening its first location in Oxford, Miss. in 2004, Newk”s Express Caf##s have expanded their presence to seven states, mainly across the U.S. southeast. There are currently more than 35 restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. About 30 of the restaurants are franchise owned and operated. Six franchised locations were opened in 2009 and five new restaurants opened in 2010.# Newk”s Express Caf## is seeking multi-unit development partners with the financial capability to open a minimum of three restaurants. Markets targeted for future expansion include Houston; Oklahoma City; Tulsa, OK.; Chicago; Louisville, KY.; Orlando; Cincinnati and Richmond, VA.