May 21, 2009 // Franchising.com // Broomfield, Colo. – Noodles & Company, the quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant that serves a balanced menu of freshly sautéed Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine, has hired Dan Fogarty as the company's new vice president of marketing. Fogarty's first day at Noodles & Company will be Tuesday, May 26. His responsibilities will include overseeing all marketing, advertising, public relations and brand development.
"Dan's hire marks an important time for Noodles & Company," says Kevin Reddy, Noodles & Company president, chairman and CEO. "We've enjoyed fantastic growth, even in the current economy, and have spent a decade building a great brand as we expand across the country. I've worked with Dan in years past and know what he can do. He understands the impact branding has on internal operations and corporate culture and he knows how to develop a strong connection with guests. We look forward to making the Noodles & Company brand even stronger."
Most recently, Fogarty hails from The Pump Energy Food in New York City where he spent the last two years re-concepting the 10-year-old healthy food chain and recently introduced its new flagship restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Before that he headed marketing for Potbelly Sandwich Works and Chipotle Mexican Grill, where he was responsible for developing the Chipotle brand over 10 years as it grew from a handful of restaurants to more than 450 in more than 35 markets across the country.
Fogarty's background was originally in advertising, with stops at Barkley & Evergreen (Kansas City), Martin/Williams Advertising (Minneapolis), Barnhart Advertising (Denver) and his own brand consulting firm which he had for five years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and studied at Loyola University of Chicago in Rome, Italy.
Colorado-based Noodles & Company was founded in 1995 and is the world's first quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant. From healthy to indulgent and spicy to comforting, Noodles & Company serves a balanced selection of Asian, Mediterranean and American inspired noodle dishes, soups and salads.
Its craveable menu is made only with fresh and wholesome ingredients. Every bowl is preparedto- order in about five minutes with only the best noodles and pasta, fresh vegetables, authentic herbs and spices, artisan sauces and grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or organic tofu.
Noodles & Company believes you can eat well without compromising on taste or a nourishing meal. In fact, two thirds of its dishes are less than 500 calories. The company's educational Good Balance program was created to help guests make customizable food choices to meet their own balanced diet and needs. In recognition of its commitment to health and nutrition, Health magazine named Noodles & Company one of America's Healthiest Fast-Food Restaurants in 2008 and 2009.
Noodles & Company is a tip-free zone and is open seven days a week in more than 205 locations in 18 states.