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Business Notes: Noodle and Yogurt Restaurant Coming to Hanover

Hanover — A restaurant combining a noodle bar and frozen yogurt stand is coming to Lebanon Street.

If everything goes according to schedule, Noodle Station and The Swirl and Pearl will be open as early as the end of the month in the renovated building that previously housed Carnival I Scream and Gusanoz Mexican restaurant, said Samantha Chu, who owns the 3,500-square-foot restaurant along with her husband, Chris Gale.

“We’re finishing up the final touches. The space has changed a lot. We’re excited to be bringing something new to the Hanover area, and I hope people will check it out,” she said.

The 30-seat Upper Valley eatery will feature self-serve yogurt and “bubble tea” on the left side as customers enter the building, with the noodle bar on the right, Chu said. Bubble tea, also called boba tea, originated in Taiwan and is a blend of tea, milk and fruit. The name comes from tapioca pearls (bubbles) that are added to the drink. Noodle dishes will have homemade sauces reflecting Chu’s Asian and Italian heritage, she said.

Although Momofuko Noodle Bar has made combined noodle and yogurt dishes quite popular in New York City, the ingredients will be served separately at the new Hanover restaurant.

Chu is a Hanover High School and a Vermont Technical College graduate. Her parents, Peter and Nina Chu, have owned and operated The China Station in Lebanon on the Miracle Mile since 1988.

Chu expects to hire 10-15 mostly part-time workers.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Upcoming Events

Vital Communities’ 12th annual Flavors of the Valley, featuring more than 50 area farms, businesses, restaurants and area non-profits, is being held today, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hartford High School.

The tasting event offers produce, cheeses, breads, chocolates and maple fudge, as well as food from restaurants prepared with vegetables and meats from Upper Valley farms.

Admission is $8 per person, with children 6 and under free. Families of four or more will pay a maximum of $25. Any proceeds will benefit the Valley Food and Farm Program of Vital Communities.

Tuesday morning’s Local First Alliance Business breakfast will feature keynote speaker Judy Wicks, co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. The event is being held from 7:30 to 9, at Dartmouth College’s Alumni Hall in Hanover.

Wicks is a nationally known speaker and expert in local business sustainability. She will discuss her experiences and new book, Good Morning Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer.

The breakfast is free for alliance, and a $10 donation is suggested at the door for non-members. Reservations are required. Contact Emily Wood at emily@vitalcommunities.org or call 802-291-9100, ext. 115.

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