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Noodles & Company

2017 Top 500: Asian-noodle chains

The limited-service Asian/Noodle category is small, at less than $4.6 billion, but fast-growing.

Food

4 items returning after yearslong hiatuses

Top chains are bringing back fan favorites from years—even decades—ago.

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.

Cheesecake Factory says it has a second fast-casual venture in the works, Dunkin' convenes a workforce Woodstock, Noodles clears the table and McDonald's touts its merits as a first job.

The shuttered locations are part of the chain’s plan to close 55 underperforming restaurants.

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.

The chain is closing 55 stores and tapping new capital for store-level initiatives.

Consumers expect food from the drive-thru to be just as tasty and fresh as food eaten in the restaurant. Packaging is key to delivering on that expectation.

Ed Doherty insists his success as a restaurant franchisee is a tale of phenomenal luck, starting with the purchase of his first restaurants in 1985.

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

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