Noodles & Company Expands in the Northeast Through New Franchise Development Deal Hartford Noodles to open several Noodles & Company restaurants in Hartford County, Connecticut

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Noodles & Company, the Colorado-based restaurant concept that serves made-to-order noodles, salads, soups and sandwiches inspired from around the world, announced a new development agreement with franchise group Hartford Noodles, LLC, based in Hartford, Conn. The new franchise partner is slated to open its first Noodles & Company location in Hartford County, Conn. in 2012, plus several additional locations over the next five years.

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"The management at Hartford Noodles has a proven history of introducing restaurant brands in New England.  Their track record of opening and operating strong restaurant locations underscored our belief they were the right partners to help us grow in the Northeast," said J.B. Hewetson, Franchise Director at Noodles & Company. "In addition, the group brings a passion and energy that matches how we run our operations.  They are an excellent fit for the brand."

Added Robert Barton, CEO of Hartford Noodles: "We immediately saw the strength of the brand nationally and the growth potential in Connecticut when we first started talking with Noodles & Company. It's a great combination of quality and value, and it's completely unique in the industry. The brand really stood out to us as a great fit for our region.  We're excited to bring it to Hartford."

This year, Noodles & Company was ranked as one of the top 10 fastest-growing chains by Technomic, Inc., and named one of Parents magazine's "10 Best Restaurant Chains."  In 2010, the company received Nation's Restaurant News' prestigious Golden Chain Award and has been named one of "America's Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants" by Health magazine in 2008 and 2009. The company plans to continue its industry-leading growth by expanding its presence in existing markets and entering new areas such as the Northeast. The Company anticipates double-digit unit growth (both company-owned and franchise-operated) for the foreseeable future.

For Noodles & Company franchise information, please visit www.noodles.com or contact J.B. Hewetson, Franchise Director, at 720-214-1968 or jbhewetson@noodles.com.

About Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company is about serving real food, real quick. The menu features made-to-order noodles, salads, soups and sandwiches inspired from around the world that make everyone happy from kids to adults. Think Mac & Cheese, Pad Thai, Chinese Chop Salad, Pesto Cavatappi and a Wisconsin Cheesesteak Sandwich all under one roof.  Noodles & Company is fresh and made- to-order while serving high quality dishes in under five minutes.  Dishes are delivered to the table on real china with real silverware.  You also don't have to clear your table or leave a tip.  Noodles & Company defines what Fast-Casual should be.  Noodles & Company is a collection of more than 260 neighborhood restaurants in 20 states and growing. Please visit www.noodles.com to find a restaurant near you.

About Hartford Noodles

Hartford Noodles was founded by Robert and Bradford Barton to develop and operate Noodles & Company restaurants.  The partners of Hartford Noodles previously developed Five Guys Burgers & Fries in Connecticut.

CONTACTS:
Jill Preston, Noodles & Company
720.214.1929  
jpreston@noodles.com

Robert Barton, Hartford Noodles
860.539.8811
bartonr@gmail.com

SOURCE Noodles & Company



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