From now until the end of the year, Patch will be looking back at 10 stories that shaped Oak Creek in 2012.
- Part I:
- Part II: Scaffidi Elected Oak Creek Mayor
- Part III: Grass Fire Puts Halt to Oak Creek Fireworks
- Part IV: Knights Are State Baseball Champs
- Part V: Drexel Interchange Opens
- Part VI: Knights Close Out Undefeated Regular Season
- Part VII: Drexel Town Square Plans Unveiled
- Part VIII:
Part 9 of this series recalls the new businesses that opened in Oak Creek this year. There were several got attention from residents in this city and beyond: the frozen yogurt chain YoFresh Yogurt Cafe, another AutoZone, a Wheaton Franciscan Oak Creek clinic, CrossFit Oak Creek, new music store Sweet Music, Papa Murphy's, emergency animal hospital Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, scrapbooking and stamping store My Paper Playground, NDT Specialists, and GFS Marketplace across the street in Franklin, to name a few.
But the one that got the most attention on Patch, hands down, was a pasta restaurant that opened in March across from the library and community center.
The following story was originally posted Jan. 10:
Throughout the 284 Noodles and Company restaurants in 32 states, one dish has risen to the top as the most popular: the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.
So it only seems right that Wisconsin is one of the company's stronger markets and that it would look to expand here if the conditions were right.
Well, the conditions were right on Howell Avenue in Oak Creek, where a 2,500-square-foot building has been under construction since September.
Though no specific date has been set, the restaurant is scheduled to open in late spring, said Mandy Melby, Noodles communications manager.
"Wisconsin has been such a great market in general and we feel there are a lot of opportunities to grow," Melby said.
The company saw the location - in the Oak Creek Centre development, across from the library and community center - as a good one to reach customers.
And it also sees the Oak Creek community as a "cultural fit" - the restaurant prides itself on its charitable contributions and wants to become part of the fabric of each city it enters, Melby said.
Helping matters on that front is the 30 to 40 jobs the restaurant is expected to create.
"We are extremely dedicated to being an active member in the community," she said.
The building, which will include an outdoor patio in front, will be owned by Gateway Jackson, Inc. and leased to Noodles.
Plans were unanimously approved by the Oak Creek Plan Commission last fall.