In the 608: Noodles on State St. celebrating 25 years

MADISON, Wis. – The Noodles & Company located at the corner of State Street and West Johnson is celebrating 25 years. It was the second location that Noodles and Company opened and is now the oldest restaurant in the company.

You might be surprised to learn that particular location opened to some tough reviews in 1996. The Wisconsin State Journal published a review saying, “Noodles and company was a killer idea”, but criticized nearly every dish on the menu.

Aaron Kennedy, Noodles’ founder, knew they had to change, redefine and refine every aspect of the business. They did a complete overhaul of the menu, prices, décor, and kitchen equipment, which ended up paying off in the long run. Since then, Noodles has been a staple for the college community and downtown business district in Madison.

Being one of the oldest buildings in Wisconsin, comes haunting tales. There have been ghost sightings in this 126 year old building. The building was constructed in 1895 in a Gothic Revival style brick building with a turret above the front corner entrance. The ghost is fondly known as Prudence and likes to make her presence known by pushing pans off shelves, turning lights on and off, and can be heard walking up and down the back stairway.

Noodles & Company is open to dine-in, carry-out and delivery.