The Arts District's Rock'N'oodles has begun work on more doubling their size and they didn't have to search far to find their new dining room. Serving rock lyric-inspired noodle dishes since November 2103, the compact restaurant will be expanding right next door into the shuttered Red Elephant Tattoo shop. The addition adds 1,230 square feet of space to their approximately 700-square-foot current home.
After connecting the two units and, according to construction permits, adding a few walls, Rock'N'oodles will finally be able to spread out and move beyond their handful of seats inside and out.
Created by Brien McEahern and Susan Kordt, the walls are decorated with framed LP covers dating back to the sixties, honoring performers who have inspired chef David Peddle's "eclectic noodle" menu.
Choices include the Everybody Wang Chung Tonight created with "Hong Kong style pan fried noodles in a rich broth seasoned with shaoxing wine and oyster sauce with thin sliced chicken breast, carrot, broccoli, shitake mushrooms and julienned scallions" and the Cajun inspired Born on the Bayou made with "chorizo, andouille sausage, bacon, smoked ham and chicken jambalaya served over orzo pasta."
Even their salads have been branded, like the Rock the Casbah, an Arabic salad with "vine ripe tomatoes, Persian cucumber, romaine and scallions tossed with freshly baked pita chips and pomegranate sumac vinaigrette."
Side dishes include meatball sliders, chicken wings, fries and their Space Oddity, of "five dill pickle spears coated in beer batter and deep fried to crispy perfection, served with sriracha ranch."
No timetable for completion has yet been revealed or if the upgrade will affect their current daily business hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closed on Sunday.