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Noodles & Company

Food

Restaurants squeeze in extra menu surprises as 2020 draws to a close

Taste Tracker: Black Bear’s festive holiday desserts, TGI Fridays Cluck-It Bucket, a hangover cure from Krystal and more new items debut in the last weeks of the year.

Leadership

Noodles hires Carl Lukach as CFO

Lukach, who previously worked at lifestyle brand Equinox, replaces Ken Kuick who resigned in August.

The fast-casual chain has seen explosive digital growth during the pandemic, but third-party platform commissions are eating into its margins.

The fast-casual chain has added free mental health counseling, paternity leave and more to its latest suite of benefits.

The fast-casual chain, which saw double-digit same-store sales declines earlier in the pandemic, is reporting brighter Q3 numbers.

The chain joins several others in encouraging employees to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

From bonuses to custom-created sandwiches, restaurant chains around the country are trying to keep their valuable resources in-house during a stressful time.

Ken Kuick, who has been with the chain since 2018, said his departure is not connected to the fast casual’s performance during the pandemic.

The fast-casual reported a same-store sales decline of nearly 31% during Q2.

The fast casual is encouraging customers to take advantage of the chain’s digital options for off-premise orders.

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