Paul Laux talks to Elaine Laux inside what will become Noodle Head in Goshen.
Chef Kelly Graff hoped to open Noodle Head by the end of May.
But the new noodle shop at 127 S. Main St., Goshen, needs some more time. The orange chairs arrived after being lost at sea for a time, according to Elaine Laux, who will oversee it with Graff. But the countertops are on their way and other work is being completed. (I had the address as 127 N. Main, but it’s on South Main Street.)
“We are delayed a little bit,” said Laux, who is also helping manage Kelly Jae’s Cafe.
The burgundy walls are a nice shade of orange. (Coincidentally, when an orange awning went up in front The Bluegill restaurant where Kelly Jae’s Cafe is now, it created a stir in town. But Goshen’s changed an awful lot since then. As Jim McNeile used to say, “but I digress.”) The artwork will be going on the walls soon and people are filling out applications for employment.
Laux said the goal will be to have a restaurant that has a restaurant with a lower price point than Kelly Jae’s. The target audience is Goshen College students and young families. They want to do high-volume and a lot of carry-out, but will also have seating at communal tables and counters for 54, as well as a banquet room.
The menu will have four or five appetizers, six or so bowls of Asian fusion noodles with meat and/or vegetables, and four so so side dishes. There won’t be dessert or alcohol at Noodle Head, Laux said.
Customers will come in and order, wait for the food to be prepared and then eat.
Graff and her staff will use the former pizza oven to make pork belly, flatbreads and other items for Noodle Head. “We are so excited to have it,” Laux said.
The restaurant is getting an overhaul. But it’s not done yet. Readers have been asking with anticipation about its status.
Oh, and to be clear, Kelly Jae’s Cafe/Next Door isn’t closing as Graff opens a second or third place, depending on how you count. But it will bring a new set of flavors and style o dining to Elkhart County.
(And if you haven’t already, you can enter a contest for free barbecue tickets by writing a six-word restaurant review on the previous post.)
From the outside
From the inside. Truth photos by Marshall V. King.