SOURCE: Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company

February 16, 2009 12:38 ET

Noodles & Company Declares 'Make Room for Meatballs!'

New Spaghetti & Meatballs Dish Launches in Minnesota Wednesday, Feb. 18

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - February 16, 2009) - Noodles & Company, the quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant that serves a balanced menu of freshly sautéed Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine, is introducing a new signature, comfort food dish to its Minnesota menu -- Spaghetti & Meatballs. This marks the first permanent noodles menu addition to the Noodles & Company lineup since 2004.

"At Noodles & Company, we're always striving to create more flavorful, balanced dishes from around the world," said Ross Kamens, Noodles & Company executive chef. "Our new Spaghetti & Meatballs is our take on a classic favorite. What really makes it special are the meatballs. Every dish is served with five baked meatballs that are a delicious blend of pork and beef with Italian herbs, parmesan and garlic. It's very hearty and satisfying."

The five meatballs are served over a bed of spaghetti noodles with a crushed tomato marinara sauce, available in regular or spicy, and are garnished with parmesan cheese. Meatballs also can be added to any of Noodles & Company's 18 menu items and are recommended with Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Penne Rosa or Mushroom Stroganoff.

The small Spaghetti & Meatballs is $5.95 and a regular is $7.25. Noodles & Company plans to introduce the dish system wide in early spring. To find a Minnesota Noodles & Company 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, we seek to nourish and inspire our guests with a balanced and craveable menu made with fresh and wholesome ingredients. Every bowl is prepared to order in about five minutes 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. The company's educational Good Balance program was created to help guests make customizable food choices to meet their own balanced diet and needs. In recognition of its commitment to health and nutrition, Health magazine recently named Noodles & Company "America's Healthiest Fast-Food Restaurant."

Noodles & Company is a tip-free zone and is open seven days a week in more than 200 locations in 18 states. To view a menu and nutritional information, find a location or see what else is going on in Noodleville, visit www.noodles.com.

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