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July 07. 2014 7:39PM

Noodles & Company planning Nashua grand opening July 16


New Hampshire's first Noodles & Company restaurant will open its doors next week in Nashua. (COURTESY)

NASHUA — New Hampshire’s first Noodles & Company restaurant will open its doors next week in the Gate City.

The restaurant, which serves noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, will celebrate its grand opening on July 16 at the Daniel Webster Shops, 219 Daniel Webster Highway.

“This is a brand new development with great visibility. It is just a great location,” said Eve Metheny, director of brand marketing for Hamra Enterprises, a Noodles & Company franchisee.

The casual restaurant serves fresh, globally inspired dishes that are cooked to order with quality ingredients, according to Metheny, who said the company stresses fresh food that is made fast.

The Nashua site will be Noodles & Company’s third restaurant in New England, and the first in the Granite State. The restaurant will seat about 75 patrons inside, and also offer outdoor seating for about 16 customers.

Daniel Webster Shops has been under construction for several months. Linear Retail Properties LLC, a Massachusetts developer, previously acquired the parcel at 219 Daniel Webster Highway, which was formerly owned by Cumberland Farms, Inc., for $1.45 million.

The old structure was razed and a new, 12,000-square-feet retail property was constructed. In addition to Noodles & Company, it will also house b.good restaurant, which has several facilities in Massachusetts and features burgers, sandwiches, salads and shakes.

Noodles & Company will have its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 16. A soft, private opening will take place on July 15 during a benefit event for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.

“Noodles & Company will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the day to the organization, who will in turn use these funds to provide food, shelter and services to the individuals and families they serve,” said a release.

Noodles & Company, based out of Colorado, has about 400 restaurants across the country, with nearly 30 new locations in the works.

Metheny said a second Noodles and Company restaurant is being planned at an undisclosed location in New Hampshire, which may open next year.

“We are just beginning. You will continue to see more,” she said.

The restaurant focuses on using hard amber durum wheat for its pasta dishes, and is now featuring globally inspired meals such as Alfredo Mont Amore, Thai Hot Pot and Pork Adobo Flatbread.

All of the dishes are vegetarian based, but different proteins can be added to customize meals for individual patrons. In addition, there are more than 100 different meal options that are less than 500 calories.

“Everything is cooked fresh,” said Metheny, adding there is no microwave or can opener at Noodles & Company restaurants. Italian dishes and Asian-inspired meals like Pad Thai and Bangkok Curry are popular choices among customers , she said.

Wisconsin Mac & Cheese is the restaurant’s most popular item, according to its website, which states that each dish is individually prepared for around $8 each.

khoughton@newstote.com



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