Smashburger Announces Oct. 2 Opening in Summerville

BBQ Bacon Cheese w FriesSmashburger will open its Summerville store on Oct. 2, and the chain’s founder says more Charleston area locations are likely to follow.

“We don’t do one-offs in any market,” Tom Ryan says. “I think we’re going to build more.”

Since opening its first location in Denver in 2007, Smashburger has added more than 220 stores to its portfolio, debuting in South Carolina last December. When the Columbia franchise opened, its owner told The State that if his store succeeded, it would likely prompt the chain to set up shop in Charleston.

“Burgers are Americans’ favorite food, and Charleston people love burgers as well as — if not better than — average Americans,” says Ryan, who envisions “tons of happy people enjoying juicy burgers” at Azalea Square’s Smashburger. Continue reading

Hungry For a Free Lunch?

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Newk’s Eatery

A Jackson, Miss.-based fast-casual chain is celebrating its entry into the Charleston-area  market with a “first menu item free” deal. The password is “Brack.”

Newk’s Eatery has opened dozens of location since 2004, when founder of the McAlister’s Deli chain first unveiled their new concept in Oxford, Miss. Industry publication QSR last year named Newk’s as one of the nation’s best franchise deals, citing its “combination of high-quality fare and low prices.” The Newk’s menu features salads, pizzas, soups and toasted sandwiches (I can vouch for the pimento cheese, having made a snack run to the original location when a Southern Foodways Alliance luncheon was unexpectedly delayed.)

In addition to its café seating, Newk’s also offers catering trays, party platters and a “grab-n-go option, where ready-to-go sandwiches and salads are available for immediate pick-up,” according to a press release.

The Newk’s at 210-D Azalea Square Blvd. in Summerville’s Azalea Shopping Center is one of five planned by franchisee NPR Food Services, headed by Todd Pennington, Jim Newton and Brack Rowe.

The promotion named for Rowe will run through the end of next week. Just drop his name at the counter to claim your free food.