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A Fast-Food Restaurant For The Selective

Noodles & Company comes to town

with a menu built around you

Can’t make up your mind if you want your pasta Italian style with red sauce and meatballs, or Asian style, perhaps with coconut, shitake mushrooms or peanuts? If you decide to eat at Noodles & Company, you don’t have to choose until you’re at the counter placing your order.

Noodles & Company opened this month in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza off Old Country Road, the first of 24 locations planned for Nassau and Suffolk County for this nationwide chain with 364 locations in 29 states.

It works like some fast-food restaurants: get on line, place your order at the counter and your food will be brought to your table. But here’s how it differs: Even though there are more than a dozen pasta choices, you can alter your dish to suit your preferences and any dietary restrictions. For example, perhaps you’d like Penne Rosa that comes with spicy tomato cream sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and cheese, but don’t want mushrooms. Let them know and you will get your dish without the mushrooms. Or if you opt for Japanese Pan Noodles of caramelized udon noodles in a sweet soy sauce with vegetables, but don’t want cilantro, there will be no cilantro. Like your pasta plain? Order buttered noodles.

Allergies, too, are taken very seriously here. If you have an aversion to peanuts, for example, your ticket will be clearly marked and a manager will oversee the preparation of the dish to make sure it doesn’t come into contact with any nuts. Everything is fresh and freshly made.

A few other nice things about Noodles & Company. You don’t have to bus your own table—your table will be cleared when you are finished. The food is served on china with real silverware and glasses. And no tipping is allowed.

“We pay a living wage to our staff,” said Wayne Humphrey, director of franchise operations, out from headquarters in Colorado, to get the restaurant off to a good start.

The price is right: the regular pasta dishes are $5.89 and small is $4.79; pork, chicken breast, shrimp, marinated steak, meatballs and tofu can be added to any pasta dish for around $2.50. For an additional $1.49 you can get a side salad or soup. The restaurant also offers sandwiches and salads.

Everyone loved the customer-operated Coca Cola Freestyle Soda Machine where 128 different flavored sodas and Dasani waters can be had at the press of the button. The flavors can also be mixed allowing for endless combinations. The restaurant also serves craft beers such as Brooklyn Brewery India Pale Ale and Blue Point Toasted Lager, plus red and white wine.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com