VOL. 130 | NO. 54 | Thursday, March 19, 2015
Eat Your Heart Out, Memphis
By Amos Maki
It’s official. The Cheesecake Factory will open one of its signature restaurants at the Wolfchase Galleria.
Wolfchase owner Simon Property Group has applied for a $4.2 million building permit to erect a Cheesecake Factory inside the Cordova Mall at 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. The application said it was for “tenant improvement” and lists the tenant as The Cheesecake Factory. The architect is listed as Craig D. Oka and the engineer is listed as James Lascola.
In February, Simon Property Group applied for a $480,000 building permit to relocate Milano’s Men’s Wear inside the mall. Milano’s is currently located near the main entrance to Wolfchase on its Germantown Parkway side, the same location where multiple sources have indicated Cheesecake Factory will open its first Memphis-area restaurant.
The California-based restaurant chain has been in talks with Simon for several months about opening a restaurant at the mall.
Simon Property Group has applied for a $4.2 million permit to bring The Cheesecake Factory to the former Milano Men's Wear space in Wolfchase Galleria.
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The Cheesecake Factory’s menu boasts more than 250 items, including appetizers, pizza, seafood, steaks, chicken, burgers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, omelets and desserts, including about 50 varieties of cheesecake and other baked desserts.
Founded in Beverly Hills in 1978, The Cheesecake Factory operates 189 full-service, casual-dining restaurants throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including 177 restaurants under The Cheesecake Factory banner, 11 restaurants under the Grand Lux Cafe brand and one called RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen.
The company has said it expected to open as many as 10 company-owned stores in fiscal 2014, including one relocation. It said it had opened six new restaurants through the third quarter.