Look at Noodles & Company’s balance sheet and you might wonder in what recession-proof universe the chain operates. Since Kevin Reddy was named chief executive in May 2006, the Broomfield, Colo.-based chain has enjoyed annual double-digit unit growth, with positive same-store sales growth every year and in 19 out of the past 20 quarters. Since he joined the company, the chain has grown from 100 units to more than 245, and annual unit growth is shaping up between 15 percent and 18 ...

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