About Willamette Noodle Company
We opened Willamette Noodle Company in June of 2003, after deciding that Robert’s cooking talents were going to waste on our small family and group of close friends…
We opened in the original “Rock’n Roger’s” building at the corner of Hood & Broadway, and the restaurant gained an immediate fan base in the Grant neighborhood. Nearly EIGHT years later, we are still serving our loyal local fans, as well as many who have discovered us and drive from other Salem neighborhoods. Speaking of being discovered, we were voted one of Salem’s Best Undiscovered Restaurants by Statesman Journal readers in the Best of the Mid-Willamette Valley… TWICE! Thanks to all our customers that helped us achieve that! ETA: We received a SILVER MEDAL in 2010 for Best Italian! What an HONOR! Thanks to everyone that voted for us!
Some of our staff have been with us since the beginning of the restaurant, and they are quick to recognize repeat customers. They are also often mistaken for family members themselves… but our kids are still too young to work regularly in the family business!
EDITED TO ADD: We just opened our second location, Willamette Noodle Company too, downtown in the former Arbor Cafe location at 380 High Street NE. We are both excited and nervous about taking on this addition in light of our current economy – but we know we provide a great value and great quality of food so we hope that will carry us through.
UPDATE JUNE 2009: We have now consolidated our two locations to the new LARGER location downtown. We knew having 2 locations so close together might not be sustainable for long, but never fear – we are not leaving our beloved quirky little building for long! We have plans in the works for a NEW concept, coming this Fall.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2009: Willamette Burger Company is OPEN! Please come by and check out our new endeavor with friends and partners Nate & Sarah Crawford.
UPDATE MAY 2010: We have added a full bar! We are only featuring local spirits, so while we may not have your “usual” brand of whiskey or vodka, we have taken care to find the BEST available product made here in the Northwest! We’ve also invested lots of time and energy (oh the sacrifice!) in to creating some pretty amazing cocktails that we’d love to introduce you to. We offer a great place to come and hang out Friday and Saturday evenings, with a relaxed open atmosphere, you won’t be jostling for elbow space on the bar trying to get a drink. Check our Facebook page for updated information on our Live Music bookings as well!
UPDATE JULY 2010: We miss our kids! We will be closed on Sundays, effective July 19th. We have been in business over 7 years and we have a reached a new phase in our lives with three busy kids, so we are ready to slow down a little bit in order to ensure that we are maintaining our commitment to high quality, local, seasonal and hand-made food.
We thank you for coming to Willamette Noodle Company, and hope to see you again soon…