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About K&W Cafeterias

After serving our communities fresh, home-style meals for over 80 years, our family’s got quite the story to tell.

About Us
Here, our family serves yours.

At K&W Cafeterias, we love family traditions. Ours is preparing delicious and affordable home-style foods from scratch — and we’ve been keeping it up since 1937.

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28 Locations

Today, K&W has 28 locations across NC, SC, VA, and WV. Find your nearest location here.

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Made From Scratch

Nothing can replace a made-from-scratch meal packed with fresh ingredients. It’s the only way we know how to cook.

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80+ Years in Business

In 2017, K&W celebrated its 80th anniversary, and we’re looking forward to the next 80.

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Family Owned

K&W has been family owned from the start. Today, the third generation of the Allred family continues the legacy.

Our Food
Always fresh. Always made from scratch.

Nothing beats a home-cooked meal — but K&W sure comes close. That’s because we’re passionate about home-style cooking, and we believe that making affordable meals from scratch is the only way to cook. We knead our bread dough by hand, use fresh raw vegetables and meats, and start our pie crusts with good old-fashioned flour, water, and butter.

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Fresh + Wholesome

You’ll never see a microwave used for cooking in a K&W kitchen. Each day, we prepare over 100 dishes from scratch, and we make everything in small batches to guarantee freshness and control waste.

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Healthy Choices

At K&W, we’re happy to offer a range of options to fit your lifestyle. Our on-staff registered dietitian is committed to identifying and developing healthy options that don’t skimp on flavor.

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Bake Shop

Our whole pies and cakes are famous at family gatherings around the Southeast. From coconut cream pie to cornbread, our bake shop has something for everyone — including plenty of no sugar added desserts.

Our History

The K&W Story


1935

With a one-third interest in the business, Grady T. Allred, Sr. began working at the Carolinian Coffee Shop in downtown Winston-Salem on Thanksgiving Day.


1937

The original investors, T.K. Knight and his brothers-in-law (Thomas, Kenneth, and William Wilson) decided to change the coffee shop’s name. Using their initials, they created the name K&W Restaurant.


1941

Allred became K&W’s sole owner after acquiring the last remaining share from Thomas Wilson. Soon after, he opened a second location in High Point, bringing his family on board as cashiers and managers.


1951

Both locations flourished for years. In 1951, the Winston-Salem location was forced to close for several months following a fire.


1952

The restaurant reopened with a twist — it was now a cafeteria/restaurant. The cafeteria-style service was a hit, and Allred converted both locations to be solely cafeterias. That’s when K&W Cafeteria was born.


1972

The original K&W location on Cherry Street in Winston-Salem was forced to relocate due to an urban renewal project. Allred encouraged his patrons to follow him to a new location, and they did.


1983

On August 16, Grady T. Allred, Sr. passed away at the age of 79 after a typical day’s work at the company’s corporate office. By this time, Allred had become a well-respected restauranteur, expanding a single coffee shop to 16 cafeterias throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Shortly after his father’s passing, Grady, Jr. became president of K&W.


1984

Grady, Jr. retired as president the following year, and Allred, Sr.’s oldest son Gary Thomas Allred became K&W’s next president.


1989

Gary added a profit-sharing plan to the employee benefits package, allowing employees to share in the company’s success.


1990

Gary brought on a registered dietitian to the K&W team — Janet Neblett. Her role was to initiate a “healthy options” program for the cafeterias. As a result, K&W became part of the Heart Center Dining Program of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.


1991

The first of many cafeterias with a To-Go Shop opened in Salem, Virginia.


2004

Gary Thomas Allred passed away unexpectedly. During his time as president, he led K&W through tremendous growth, opening 18 additional cafeterias.

Today

Nearly every member of the Allred family continues to be involved in the operation of K&W Cafeterias. Donald C. Allred, brother of Gary Allred, serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Grady Sr.’s grandson, Dax Allred, serves as president, and Todd Smith (husband to Gary Allred’s daughter, Natalie) serves as executive vice president.

Together, the Allred family’s passion for K&W, love for one another, and the livelihood of their 1,900+ employees is a testament to the foresight and vision of Grady T. Allred, Sr.

K&W Cafeterias is headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., and now has 28 locations: 20 in North Carolina, 3 in South Carolina, 4 in Virginia, and 1 in West Virginia.

Careers
Our Employees

The K&W experience is defined by our dedicated employees. Many of our staff members have been with K&W for over 30 years, with some over 40 years. From those who are in the kitchen and cooking at five in the morning to the individuals who serve our customers with bright, smiling faces each day — our employees keep our mission alive, and we’re blessed to have them on our side. If this sounds like the kind of work family you’d love to be a part of, let us know!

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