Newk's Express Cafe
911 Duluth Highway, Suite F, Lawrenceville
Open since: August
Location: At the intersection of Duluth Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in the Publix parking lot, next to Mellow Mushroom
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays through Sundays
Owner: Greg LaFoe
Atmosphere: "It is a fast, friendly, fun environment," owner LaFoe said. "It's very upbeat, as you can tell by the colors of the place."
The restaurant is an open air vibe and full of bright colors, plus luminous abstract paintings.
Guests are greeted by four cashiers ready to take lunch and dinner orders. After placing your food, fill your drink up in a plastic, black reusable cup and find a spot in the dining room.
In the middle of the store sits a round table loaded with a wide variety of condiments. Anything to fix up your meals -- bread sticks to capers to hot sauce.
There are numerous booths, plus plenty of tables to accommodate larger groups. Newk's even has an outdoor patio with an awning for those who would like to enjoy some air while eating.
For those who need to eat on the run, Newk's offers a Grab 'N' Go cooler filled with sandwiches, salads, desserts, and quarts of pimento cheese and chicken salad made fresh daily on location.
Menu: The menu consists of salads, sandwiches, soups and California-style pizzas. They pride themselves in having the freshest quality ingredients.
"Many places open a bag of lettuce and serve it that way," LaFoe said. "We actually chop ours up by hand. We grill our chicken in the back and slice the deli meat. It's all fresh."
The salads are the most popular items on the menu. They are served in fire-engine red bowls and have enough lettuce and toppings to feed a person throughout the whole day.
Need to feed the little ones? There is even a selection for your tiny tikes. The kids' menu includes pepperoni pizza, ham and cheese sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich and turkey and cheese sandwich.
In the next few months, Newk's will serve beer and wine. They will also begin to cater for birthdays, weddings and office parties. As they say, "We cater ... you party!"
Things you might not know: All of the cakes sold at Newk's are homemade.