SOURCE: Noodles & Company

June 12, 2008 08:08 ET

Noodles & Company Celebrates the Opening of Its First North Carolina Location in Durham on June 14

Globally Inspired Noodle Restaurant Opens on Duke Medical Center Campus and Offers Healthy, Balanced and Flavorful Dishes

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - Noodles & Company, the quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant that serves a balanced menu of freshly sautéed Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine, will open its first North Carolina restaurant in Durham on the Duke Medical Center campus on Saturday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. The restaurant is located at 2608 Erwin Road at Research Drive.

Noodles & Company's menu is inspired by culinary traditions from around the world. From healthy to indulgent and spicy to comforting, the menu features Asian, Mediterranean and American noodle dishes, soups and salads. Favorites include the sweet and spicy Japanese Pan Noodles®, creamy Penne Rosa and rich Wisconsin Mac & Cheese®.

At Noodles & Company, there are no freezers, no microwaves, and no can openers. Every bowl is prepared to order with only the best noodles and pasta, fresh vegetables, authentic herbs and spices, artisan sauces and grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or organic tofu.

Noodles & Company believes you can eat well without compromising on taste or a nourishing meal. In fact, two thirds of its dishes are less than 500 calories and one third have less than 10 grams of fat. Its educational Good Balance program was created to help guests make tailored food choices to meet their own balanced diet and needs. No matter what you're watching -- calories, fat, sodium or carbs -- Noodles & Company can help you make informed healthy menu choices that don't compromise on flavor.

"At Noodles & Company our mission is to nourish and inspire individuals in our local communities, and we're excited to be a part of Durham," said Kevin Reddy, president and CEO of Noodles & Company. "We invite everyone to come out and try one of our tasty noodle dishes that feature fresh, wholesome ingredients that are nutritionally balanced, full of flavor and sautéed to order."

Noodles & Company is a tip-free zone and is open Sunday through Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Convenient carry-out, phone-in or fax-in orders also are available. Guests may reach the new Noodles & Company by calling 919.383.5600 or faxing 919.383.5677.

Noodles & Company is growing and plans to open additional restaurants in North Carolina in the near future. To find a location near you, please visit www.noodles.com.

About Noodles & Company

Colorado-based Noodles & Company was founded in 1995 and is the world's first, quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant. From healthy to indulgent and spicy to comforting, Noodles & Company's menu features Asian, Mediterranean and American inspired noodle dishes, soups and salads. At Noodles & Company, there are no freezers, no microwaves, and no can openers -- only fresh vegetables, grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu, and sautéed noodles and pasta, all prepared to order in minutes.

Noodles & Company believes you can eat well without compromising on taste or a nourishing meal. In fact, two thirds of its dishes are less than 500 calories. The company's educational Good Balance program was created to help guests make tailored food choices to meet their own balanced diet and needs. The program is supported by an in-store brochure and Web site information that provide nutritional content; tips on how to manage calories, fat and sodium; increase daily fiber intake; dine vegetarian; manage allergies and achieve good balance for adults and kids.

Noodles & Company is a tip-free zone and is open seven days a week in more than 180 locations in 17 states. To view a menu and nutritional information, find a location or see what else is going on in Noodleville, please visit www.noodles.com.

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