In honor of National Zucchini Day on Wednesday, August 8, Noodles & Company [noodles.com] (NASDAQ:NDLS), today announced that guests can enjoy the restaurant’s Zoodles, hand-spiralized zucchini, for free in any dish on their menu. The celebration of all things zucchini will also shine a spotlight on Noodles & Company’s latest featured dishes—Zucchini Pesto with Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Romesco. Free Zoodles are available at both Lansing area Noodles restaurants, located on East Grand River and West Grand River in Okemos on August 8.
Zoodles debuted in May of this year when Noodles & Company became the first fast-casual restaurant to add the more health-conscious zucchini noodles to its menu of classic noodle and pasta dishes inspired by flavors from around the world. Every day, each local Noodles & Company location hand-spiralizes an average of 16 pounds of zucchini. The restaurant chain has already served more than 500,000 pounds of zoodles nationwide since May.
“Zoodles are a great choice for anyone looking for a lighter meal option or to add more vegetables to their diet,” said Tom Shephard, Vice President of Pasta Per Trio, the Grand Rapids-based Michigan franchisee of Noodles & Company [noodles.com] (NASDAQ:NDLS). “Zoodles absorb the flavor profile of all of our menu dishes, and are a fun and different way to celebrate National Zucchini Day.”
Zoodles are packed with vitamin C and potassium and meet a variety of dietary needs and preferences including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. Additionally, a regular portion of zucchini noodles has 90 percent fewer calories and carbs than a regular portion of elbow noodles.
The new featured dishes rolling out on Wednesday, August 8, include:
• Zucchini Pesto with Grilled Chicken: Zucchini noodles with basil pesto and garlic, cream, grilled chicken, mushrooms, tomato and Parmesan.
• Zucchini Romesco: Sweet and tangy, with an almond-roasted red pepper sauce, cream, sundried tomato, garden vegetables and feta.
About Pasta Per Trio
Pasta Per Trio is the Michigan franchisee of Noodles & Company. Pasta Per Trio employs 550 people at 21 locations, including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, Lansing and Metro Detroit. Founded in 2004 by a group of investors in Madison, Wisconsin, the firstlocation in Michigan opened in July 2005. A large part of Pasta Per Trio’s success has been the philosophy of developing from within. The majority of restaurant and senior management staff have been promoted from other positions within the company.
About Noodles & Company
Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant chain where its globally inspired dishes come together to create a World Kitchen. Recognized previously by Parents magazine as a Top Family Friendly Restaurant and by Health magazine as one of America’s Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants, Noodles & Company is a restaurant where Japanese Pan Noodles rest comfortably next to Penne Rosa and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, but where world flavors don’t end at just noodles. Inspired by some of the world’s most celebrated flavor combinations, Noodles & Company’s menu offers soups, salads and shareables. Noodles & Company makes everything fresh to order, just as you like it, using quality ingredients. Servers deliver dishes to the table, allowing guests to sit and relax or grab a quick bite. With more than 400 locations nationwide, from California to Connecticut, guests can find a location near them and tour the global menu by visiting noodles.com [noodles.com].
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