Newk’s Eatery will open its first Lafayette location — and the first nationally to feature a new design — on Monday, Oct. 26 at 4243 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 110, near the Acadiana Mall.

The fast-casual restaurant chain announced that this will be the 85th location for the chain, which is based in Jackson, Mississippi. Two locations are in Baton Rouge.

Newk’s features Southern-inspired soups, sandwiches, salads and pizzas for lunch and dinner, with an open kitchen and large, varied condiment table.

The new location will introduce a prototype look for future Newk’s that include neutral materials such as subway tile, pendant lighting, floor detail and plush upholstery, according to a press release. Floor plan changes are designed to add comfort to the in-store dining experience and expedite ordering and takeout.

Newk’s is testing the new design concept in Lafayette and a second new restaurant in Cary, North Carolina, set to open late 2015. Guest and operator feedback will help determine the final design.