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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

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.

John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, recently announced Garden City resident Maureen E. Clancy and East Williston’s Dr. Kevin P. Marzo, will be the honorees for the Hospital’s 23rd Annual Gala, “An Evening in Tuscany,” taking place on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale.

“As champions for Winthrop, Mrs. Clancy and Dr. Marzo have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the hospital and to the communities it serves and we are pleased to honor them at this year’s gala,” said Collins.  


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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