A Colorado-based fast-casual restaurant specializing in noodle dishes from Asian, Italian and American cuisine will open its first restaurant in the Lexington market with a local franchisee.
Noodles and Company is expected to open in a former Long John Silver’s location at 2468 Nicholasville Road in mid-January, according to Chad Colony, president and CEO of Invictus, LLC, Noodles and Company’s local franchise. The location, between Malibu and New Circle Road, will be the first of five Noodles and Company locations to pop-up in the Lexington area over the next five years.
First launched in the Denver area in 1995, Noodles and Company was a favorite of Colony and his family’s three children when they lived elsewhere around the country as he worked as a consumer products executive, most recently for Tempur-Pedic.
“When my wife and I moved here from Wisconsin, we decided to take the kids to Noodles and Company, and we looked it up and there wasn’t one. It was a family staple; we ate there at least twice a week,” said Colony, who began to look at setting permanent roots in Lexington after 10 moves in 20 years for his career.
After most recently spending 120 nights in one year on the road, Colony began looking for options. He considered operating a mattress store and other entities closer to his consumer product background, and when he approached Noodles and Company, they suggested he look harder in that direction.