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Noodle bar opens in the Loft

By , Reporter  |  Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:21 PM
<p>Loft Supervisor Bruce Person and Ariake Representative Gary Ramsy prepare a bowl of ramen noodles. Person said the noodle bar was added to the Loft to drive students to the third floor of the Anderson Student Center. (Zachary Zumbusch/TommieMedia)</p>

Loft Supervisor Bruce Person and Ariake Representative Gary Ramsy prepare a bowl of ramen noodles. Person said the noodle bar was added to the Loft to drive students to the third floor of the Anderson Student Center. (Zachary Zumbusch/TommieMedia)

The long-awaited noodle bar is open as of Thursday in the Loft, located in the Anderson Student Center.

In September, the Loft announced intentions to add a Japanese noodle bar to its menu starting in January. Just short of the deadline, the Loft pulled through Thursday’s convo hour with a grand opening for the noodle bar.

Bruce Person, supervisor of the Loft, said when the idea for a noodle bar was first presented, it was received well because it fit nicely with the menu.

“We opened the noodle bar to get more of a variety and to get more people aware of the Loft,” Person said. “We have coffee and smoothies and some quick grab-and-go type things.”

Sophomore Maddie O’Brien tried the new noodle bar and said she liked the new option.

“It is way better than the cheap (ramen noodles) that you get at Rainbow or Cub,” O’Brien said. “It’s just a nice change from the traditional sandwich or coffee break.”

Gary Ramsy, a representative from Ariake, the company that produces the noodles, said it is not the kind of ramen students typically eat in their dorms.

“We call it real ramen because it is authentic Japanese ramen noodle, which is a wheat noodle that is fresh and is boiled shortly before preparation,” Ramsy said.

Aside from the benefits of authentic flavor and preparation, ordering a bowl won’t take too much time out of students’ days. The noodles are prepared in a minute and a half or less.

“There is a little bit of fun in it,” Ramsy said. “It’s fast and you’ll receive a fresh, full bowl. It’s not just a snack, it’s a full meal.”

The Loft tried to make every aspect of the new noodle bar flexible and reasonable for students. The vegetarian bowl costs $5 and pork or chicken bowls each cost $5.75. Students can pay for their meal using eXpress, flex or cash.

“This bowl would retail for $12 in New York or $9 in Chicago,” Ramsy said.

A major reason for the Loft’s new opening was to direct more traffic to the third floor and get students to the Loft.

“It’s kind of hard to realize that the Loft is up here [on the third floor] with so much food on the first and second level, so I think this will definitely draw a lot of people upstairs,” O’Brien said.

Freshman Peter Moe thinks that the noodle bar will attract students.

“There isn’t a whole lot of reason for students to go up to the third floor; now that we have added a place to eat, we have given students another option to go to and I definitely think students will go up there,” Moe said.

The Loft’s noodle bar is now in full production and will be available to students daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Zach Zumbusch can be reached at zumb8499@stthomas.edu.

This item was posted in Featured News, More News, News and has 4 comments so far.

4 Comments

  1. Bianca Jones
    Feb. 8, 2013 7:24 AM

    Must say that I was unimpressed with my bowl of lukewarm noodles and cold chicken, along with under/overcooked corn (I couldn’t quite figure out which one it was). Good idea, but quality could be improved- like having hot liquid.

  2. Leah Miller
    Feb. 12, 2013 2:51 PM

    I just had some yesterday-I had the chicken with some mushrooms (to scared to try the pickled ginger). I thought it was delicious!

    Good work!

  3. Kathleen Dempsey
    Feb. 13, 2013 3:59 PM

    Gotta say that my favorite thing about the third floor right now is that it is so much more peaceful than any other place in the student hour during peak hours. Great place do to work on homework and get some coffee. 

  4. Kathleen Dempsey
    Feb. 13, 2013 4:00 PM

    meant to say “student center”

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