Noodles posted a net income of
Noodles opened 14 new restaurants during the first quarter and officials said their plans to open 42 to 50 company-owned restaurants and 10 to 15 franchise locations this year remain on target.
"The first quarter was one of the most challenging ones in recent memory due to unprecedented weather throughout the country, but particularly in the markets where we have our highest geographic concentration,"
In addition to a launch of limited-time spring dishes, Noodles plans to roll out a catering program nationally by the middle of the third quarter, he said.
"We feel these initiatives, supported by intense focus on our throughput and service initiatives, will garner momentum through the balance of 2014," Reddy said
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