Noodles and Company will open its first restaurant in Harford County in the old Baja Fresh space in Bel Air's Tollgate Marketplace.
Listed on the chain's website as being at 615 Belair Road and "coming soon," the restaurant famous for its affordable pasta dishes is slated to open Dec. 17.
The closest location is nearly 13 miles away off Campbell Boulevard in White Marsh.
Cheryl Coulter, building permits clerk with the town of Bel Air, said trained staff will be allowed in the restaurant, but the opening is contingent on final inspections from the county.
"There are a couple of things they have to tweak still," she said, such as plumbing and lighting. "Minor stuff."
The restaurant, which is a strip fronting on Route 24 just south of Route 1, will be hooked up to town water and sewer services.
The same space size will be used, Mandy Melby, Noodles and Company communications manger, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.
"We try to stay within the same footprint when opening in an existing space," she explained. "While the interior will be different, the bones will remain the same."
Most Noodles and Company locations serve beer and wine, but the Bel Air location will not have alcohol at first.
"We will not open with beer and wine," Melby wrote. "However, we plan to apply and obtain a license once some residency requirements are met."
Melby noted that the Bel Air location is the 20th restaurant in Maryland and will have roughly 75 seats.
"We have really hit our stride with guests in the area," she wrote, "and look forward to further expansion in the area."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun