MUNSTER | Noodles & Co. and Meatheads Burgers & Fries will begin serving up their specialties in Munster by mid-2014.
The two restaurants known for fast, casual dining will move into dual units in one 4,500-square foot building at the Lake Business Center at 9200 Calumet Ave., said Munster assistant town manager Clay Johnson.
“They will be close to the entrance to the Lake Business Center off Fran Lin (Parkway),” Johnson said. “The site work has been done and the foundation is poured.”
Both restaurants will have indoor and outdoor dining as well as take-out. Meatheads also will have a drive-through, he said. The restaurants are expected to open in the spring or summer.
The addition of the two popular restaurants at the Lake Business Center “creates a campus feel to the site. As the center gains more tenants, people can walk across the street or the parking lot to a fast, casual place to eat,” Johnson said.
The 72-acre Lake Business Center has undergone major renovations by developer Mitch Simborg since December 2011.
“On a grander scale, brands such as these and those at the Munster Shops attract young people. They appeal to all kinds of people, but especially young people,” he said, adding that these amenities also help attract new residents looking to relocate.
Meatheads Burgers & Fries restaurants are found throughout Chicago’s western suburbs and Noodles & Co. restaurants are found “everywhere including college campuses," Johnson said.
“It shows that Munster is ‘with it’,” he said.
There’s also been talk about Noodles & Co. opening a restaurant in one of the outlots at the Shops on Main retail center being developed by Bruce Boyer, said Schererville town manager Bob Volkman. However, no lease has been signed, he said.
Nick Wibbenmeyer of Regency Center, the leasing agent for Shops on Main, was not able to be reached for comment.