Noodles and Co. opens Monday

Noodles employees Andy and Erica prepare vegetables for dishes on Wednesday
Noodles employees Andy and Erica prepare vegetables for dishes on Wednesday

Come Monday morning on Nov. 18, Noodles & Company is opening its doors to serve the St. Croix Valley.

The opening of the 34th Noodles restaurant in Minnesota continues the expansion of the company into the East Metro following the opening of the Hudson store in April. The expansion has been in the works for quite some time according to Noodles & Company Marketing Manager Tom Powers.

“Woodbury was the first to open in the Minneapolis and Hudson area, and a lot of people from the Stillwater area have gone there and were asking us to open one here,” Powers said. “So this helps meet our guests needs.”

Powers said the location is excellent with Stillwater Area High School up the road and the county seat nearby. He thinks the spacious new location at 13301 60th Street N. in Stillwater fits the company’s needs perfectly.

In Powers’ opinion, the people involved in the company make or break its success. The new employees at the restaurant have been training for about a week to make sure things go smoothly on opening day.

“We’ve had people here all week with their expertise as managers and team members culminating in some pre-opening events at the end of the week,” Powers said. “(Central Marketing Manager) Darlene and I can order a bunch of things as much as we want, but it’s different when they are working with customers with custom orders. So those events let the new employees really test their mettle.”

Powers said this is an exciting time for the company.

“As a company, we went public in late June, and we’re going through a growth phase,” he said. “Our Minnesota market is more mature, and to have something open in a new spot is really exciting. It’ll also help people when they’ve been going to Woodbury and Hudson and now the Oak Park Heights and Stillwater area can have their own Noodles restaurant in their neighborhood.”

The restaurant will serve the typical Noodles & Company favorites but some newer dishes will also make ther debut, including:

• Alfredo MontAmore — spaghetti noodles tossed with a four-cheese blend, roasted mushrooms, grape tomatoes, spinach and parmesan chicken, topped with a sprinkle of MontAmore cheese, parsley and fresh cracked pepper.

• Pork Adobo Flatbread — with spicy latin adobo flavors of cumin and fire-roasted tomatoes, naturally raised pork, cheese and Fresno peppers, toasted atop flatbread and finished with fresh lime and cilantro.

• Thai Hot Pot — Noodles’ 30-ingredient curry broth, fresh cabbage blend, sprouts, fresno peppers, shiitake mushrooms, a sprinkling of rice noodles, pulled chicken and pork, finished with a lime wedge and a sprig of cilantro and served with a side of toasted Asian flatbread.

“What people can expect is the same great service, food quality and customer care that they’ve found at all of our other Noodles & Company locations,” Powers said. “We also plan to draw from the local community and benefit the community at large with events throughout the year.”

A couple of those events include participating in the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s Dine and Dash day on Thursday and also a partnership with St. Croix Valley Catholic School to host a benefit day on Dec. 10.

Hours for the new restaurant are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The first 50 people through the doors on Monday will receive prizes.

Contact Avery Cropp at [email protected]

Japanese pan noodles are prepared by a Noodles and Company employee on Wednesday. (Gazette staff photos by Avery Cropp)
Japanese pan noodles are prepared by a Noodles and Company employee on Wednesday. (Gazette staff photos by Avery Cropp)
  • Doug

    This is a news story? It’s an ad. Whatever happened to good journalism?