Noodles & Company

How Ed Doherty picks a franchise

The franchised concepts run by Doherty Enterprises range from giants like Applebee’s to relative newcomers like Noodles & Company, but they sport similar traits.

In their own words: Tom Mears

Tom Mears on the lessons, the labors and the passions of the restaurant life.

Bad financial results have restaurant chain executives citing all kinds of factors for their top- and bottom-line difficulties, from an unexciting football season to high legal fees. Do they have a case? It depends.

Kevin Reddy on the lessons, the labors and the passions of the restaurant life.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote that “maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists,” and so it has been with the coming-of-age fast-casual restaurant segment.

Three fast-casual concepts tap into the trends.

Asian, Mediterranean and American noodle dishes in a fast-paced environment

When fusion was the trend of the moment, some chefs tried too hard to globalize menus. In too many kitchens, the result was confusion—on the plate and the palate.

These seven apps stand out from the current pack.

The chain's share price soared in early trading.

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