No more Nothing But Noodles

September 26, 2007
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Mmmmm, noodlesArizona-based Nothing But Noodles has closed its local stores on 96th Street and near the IUPUI campus. No one answered the phone at either of the stores or at the Indianapolis corporate office. It isn't clear why the stores closed. Are people losing their taste for noodles, or is it something more sinister? You decide.

Bonus Restaurant Nugget: Weber Grill intended to open its first Indianapolis restaurant at 96th and Meridian streets instead of downtown. But Carmel refused to allow the giant Weber grill the restaurant uses as part of its sign. The Chicago-based chain still is looking for a north-side location, and is focusing in on the Interstate 465 corridor from Meridian Street east to Fishers.

  • wow....i don't know why nothing but noodles closed, but i'm surprised carmel wouldn't let weber grill have their sign. that just seems strange to me. and i love carmel. hmmmm...that is a tasty nugget.
  • LOL @ Carmel

    I couldn't really get into NBN or Noodle & Co. or whatever. It's just bland and boring.
  • It's surprising to me NbN couldn't make it work in that location by IUPUI. That area is *packed* every day all day and every one of those eateries seems to be doing well. I was just thinking the other day what a cash cow any space in that little mall complex would be.

    But ultimately, yes, for the price, their product wasn't great.
  • Could Weber Grill not have went on the southside of 96th street??
  • I really like NbN...I thought it was better then N&C...oh well....i'm sure that spot will be filled quickly with something new
  • There was a sign on the door of the IUPUI location last week saying that it would re-open as a Noodles and Co.
  • Thanks for the information, noodle. I wonder if the local franchiser has switched. Hopefully I'll have some updated information tomorrow.
  • I also wonder why the restaurant couldn't have located on the south side of 96th. But as for Carmel, the Carmel-bashers can say whatever they want. The city has a sign ordinance for a good reason - it doesn't want to have another 82nd Street/Castleton or Lafayette Road or (fill in the blank with a sign-cluttered stretch of some major road in Indianapolis). That and the architectural overlay zones have made for an attractive, livable city. Good for Carmel and other cities with the foresight and ability to create standards and stick to them.
  • I love what Mayor Brainard is doing with Carmel. Projects that are decried as too dense for the mile square of downtown Indy are being built in downtown Carmel. Kind of sad for Indy when you think about it.
  • Jimmy, name one project that was decried as too dense for the mile square and thus built in Carmel. Not one......
  • With that ridiculous monstrosity of architectural gibberish in the middle of Carmel (City Center?), I'm surprised Carmel would object to a cute red grill.
  • Thank you Carmel! Please send more things Downtown for us.
  • Why doesn't Weber Grill Take over the Bahama Breeze location. No mess with Sign ORdinance, still an attractive location with some high end restraunts and the space is large enough.
  • I too liked NBN. Very sad to see them go.
  • Bahama isn't as easy as it may seem. Retro fits are not easy, and the location is average at best. Steak is oversaturated there and the volumes aren't that good. You can get a seat almost anytime at Eddie Merlot.
  • VERY glad that Weber Grill is downtown!! Thank you Carmel!

    Bummed about NBN.....
  • You know the thing with having children is, once you have them, you stop going to all the cool little BYOB bistros and instead start going to the chain restaurants because it's just a lot less hassle.

    That IUPUI NbN was a favorite for my 4yo because from there he can watch the train with no wheels aka the monorail go by and get all hopped up while he eats his mac and cheese.

    So if another noodle place goes in there, I'll be happy.
  • Weber Grill should go the SAXONY, as the 800,000 square feet of retail in Fishers is going to be much more upscale than Hamilton Town Center.
  • Having eaten at Weber Grill this past Sunday, I have to say I, too, am glad that Carmel rejected it. It may be another red meat chain downtown, but I think it makes a very great addition. Plus, I think the red grill isn't that glaring. I understand why they have the rules, but there should be a process in place to make amendments when there are legitimate trademark issues. For instance, Carmel wouldn't allow AT&T to use lower case letters in their sign (at&t). That is just plain silly because the lower case letters are part of their national branding.
  • Isn't Saxony in Noblesville?
  • Its not going to take much for Saxony to be more upscale than Hamilton Town Center. A JC Penney? C'mon now.
  • I heard Carmel was banishing Starbucks too because of the nymph/mermaid in the corporate logo.
  • I wonder if Carmel is going to ban Wendy's because of the little redhead girl. Some might think Wendy's is supporter of pedophiles?
  • I drove by the 96th street location yesterday. Dark inside with chairs up on the tables. It also looks like Camilles Sidewalk Cafe closed up too. Are they sister companies? When I was in NbN a month ago, it seems less busy as usual. When asking why so slow, the lady at the counter said that in the heat of summer, people like a lighter flair for lunch.
    About 2 weeks ago, there were lights on in the old Bahama Breeze location, (normally it sits dark), so there has been some movement lately.
  • No loss. Nothing but Noodles was nothing but bad!
  • I enjoyed the selection at NBN and I know quality food. I do not like N&C as much. There is not as much variety in what they offer. As for the question about Camille's, Camile's closed what seems like a
    a year ago. So it probably is not related to the NBN closing, but might be related to the fact that casual dining establishments are struggling in the current economy, that is why more coupons, frequent diner cards and Buy 1, Get 1 free specials are being offered.
  • That grill is just awful. I'm bummed I have to look at. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there is a new restaurant downtown. However, I feel terrible for Webber's tasteless and uninspired design division. Those restaurants look like Monopoly property; go to big BBQ, do not collect 200 style credits.
  • If Webber doesn't improve their service model, no one will have to worry about their grill on the side of any building.
  • The site's very professional! Keep up the good work! taylor rain
  • i heart noodle
    i love nooodle.
    nooodles are goooooooooood

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