Noodles & Company

2011 Chef’s Survey

QSR asks the industry’s leaders to share insights on the segment’s hottest menu trends.

Each year QSR surveys the best and the brightest culinary professionals in the industry to find out what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to your menu. The exclusive annual Chef Survey, unveils innovative menu items that reflect the year’s newest and most exciting inspirations.

Noodles & Co. Gets On Board with PeopleMatter

Noodles & Company, a Colorado‐based fast-casual restaurant concept serving noodles, soups, salads, and sandwiches from around the world, announced it will implement PeopleMatter HIRE in its 212 company-owned restaurants to help find, hire, and onboard exceptional employees. Noodles will deploy PeopleMatter’s talent management system to automate its talent acquisition process with HIRE’s online application form, robust applicant tracking system (ATS), and electronic onboarding that  eliminates paperwork in the hiring process.

Noodles & Co. Sold to Investors

Noodles & Co., the Broomfield, Colorado-based noodle fast-casual, has been acquired by an investment group that's led by Catterton Partners.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, however, Catterton Partners has invested in foodservice brands including P.F. Changs, Baja Fresh, and Odwalla.

It is not known how the change will affect franchisees of the company's 250 restaurants nationwide, but CEO, president, and chairman Kevin Reddy will stay with the company, officials said in a statement yesterday.

Assault on Casual

From his Colorado office, Boston Market CEO Lane Cardwell is targeting some free agents—dining free agents, that is.

“There are some customers out there open to where they’ll be eating, and Boston Market is happy to capture that business,” Cardwell says.

Cardwell is referring specifically to the significant chunk of diners who are in limbo after the recession and were forced to trade down for price’s sake.

Souping Up the Menu

A strong and well-executed commitment to the soup category can play a significant role in helping quick serves increase check averages, enhance their guests’ perceptions of the healthfulness of all of their offerings, and keep guests coming back. Here are just a few benefits of having a strong soup offering on the menu, as well as some observations on what many successful soup programs have in common.

Increase Check Averages