Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 21, 2013

Latest downtown adventure for Kelly Jae’s owner is ‘Noodle Heads’

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — Step inside Noodle Heads and the words — bright, cheerful and trendy — could come to a customer’s mind.

It’s the newest restaurant to open in downtown Goshen today at 127 S. Main Street.

Owners Chef Kelly Graff and Elaine Laux held an open house for business associates and Goshen community leaders Tuesday evening to sample the Noodle Head dishes.

Graff also owns Kelly Jae’s just a couple doors down.

“Both Kelly and I came up with orange,” Laux said. “It’s something really different. It’s bright and cheerful.”

There are pictures of residents and local business owners eating noodles in creative ways on the walls.

“It’s a neat idea,” said Kathy Kumorowski, manager for Noodle Heads.

Customers can sit at tables on bright orange chairs and use the free Wifi, compliments of the restaurant.

A large conference room in the back provides space for meetings or larger groups. A deer head hangs over the door to greet customers.

“The target audience is Goshen College students and young families,” Kumorowski said. “It will be a little bit faster service than Kelly Jae’s. It’s a bit more trendy and casual.”

Customers order their meals first and then wait for their number to be called before picking up their food at the counter.

“The menu is smaller,” Laux said. “There are so many different types of Asian noodles and all of them are mixed with protein and vegetables. It’s an Asian fusion of Japanese, Korean and Thai, a combination of different types of Asian dishes that Kelly created herself.”

Some of Graff’s noodle dishes include Soba, a combination of shrimp/mushroom/cilantro with a Thai basil broth, and Ramen, a combination of pork belly/shitake/scallion with beef broth. She’s even created a dish using Amish noodles with sweet corn, onion, carrots with ground lamb.

Graff and her staff will use the pizza oven of previous tennent El Forno, to make pork belly, flatbreads and other items for Noodle Heads.

“This is a little bit different for Goshen,” said Graff, who enjoys eating at Urban Belly, an Asian restaurant, in Chicago. “I love to go there and I took the concept from it. I’ve come up with my own recipes. All the local fresh produce right now helps my creativeness. This is my newest adventure. It’s been very good.”

If you want to go

Noodle Heads, located at 127 S. Main St., Goshen, opens today at 4 p.m. It’s regular hours of operation will be

Tuesday through Saturday

from 4 to 7 p.m.