A new restaurant that recently opened on State Street is counting on a specific premise to do business -- that most people tend to like noodles.

A new restaurant that recently opened on State Street is counting on a specific premise to do business -- that most people tend to like noodles.

Noodles & Company opened its doors Sept. 18 at 630 N. State St., in front of the Northridge Crossing Shopping Center. The restaurant is the chain's first in Westerville and its eighth in the central Ohio area.

According to director of public relations Jill Preston, the Colorado-based eatery is a "quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant that serves a balanced menu of freshly sautéed Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine."

Preston said Noodles & Company decided to locate in Westerville because of the city's strong commercial growth in the State Street area.

"We're really looking for locations that are growing, and we like to be a part of the lifestyle shopping areas like Northridge Crossing -- places that are drawing high traffic," Preston said. "We found that in this area, we appeal to a broad demographic and we look for folks that are looking for a great dining option that's not all that expensive."

As part of its grand opening, the restaurant hosted a fundraiser to benefit the Westerville PTA Parent Council, which consists of more than 30 Westerville school district organizations under the authority of the Ohio PTA. Approximately $2,000 was raised to benefit the organization, according to Preston.

Noodles & Company is open from11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.