Cheesecake Factory Menu, Prices, Locations, and Nutrition
Revenue: $2.101M (2015)
Locations: Approx. 200 worldwide (end of 2015)
Subsidiaries: Grand Lux Cafe LLC, Rock Sugar INC, More
The Cheesecake Factory Story
The Cheesecake Factory story began in Detroit, MI, in the 1940’s where Evelyn Overton found a local recipe inspiring her “original” cheesecake. Everyone loved her recipe so much she decided to open a small cheesecake shop, but eventually gave up her dream of entrepreneurship in order to raise her two children, David and Renee. She moved her baking equipment to a kitchen in her basement and continued to supply cakes to several of the best restaurants in town while raising her family.
In 1972, with their children grown, Evelyn and Oscar Overton moved to the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles for one last attempt at their own business. With the last of their savings, they opened The Cheesecake Factory Bakery to sell Evelyn’s cheesecakes to Los Angeles restaurants. Hard work and determination grew their business to a modest size, and Evelyn was soon baking over 20 varieties of cheesecakes and other desserts.
Their son, David, later opened a Beverly Hills restaurant to showcase his mother’s cheesecakes. He just knew guests would enjoy a restaurant with an extensive dessert menu. The restaurant was an immediate success. And it led to today’s 200 worldwide Cheesecake Factory restaurants sharing the Overton’s commitment to quality, innovation and hard work.
Delivering a unique guest experience
At The Cheesecake Factory they strive to take care of every guest by delivering a unique guest experience, providing a competitive advantage. This strategy built a strong foundation from which they continue to successfully grow. The key elements of the Cheesecake Factory competitive position include the following:
- Leader in Menu Innovation with one of the broadest menus in casual dining.
- Excellent Service and Hospitality Drives Sales.
- Operational Excellence Stems from Experienced, Talented and Tenured Management.
- Integration of Bakery Operations is a key differentiator.
The Cheesecake Factory today
The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. operates about 200 full-service restaurants today, of The Cheesecake Factory and all subsidiaries. The Cheesecake Factory also operates two bakery production facilities in Calabasas, CA, and Rocky Mount, NC, and licenses two bakery-based menus for other food service operators under The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Cafe.
Their cheesecakes and other baked goods can also be found in the cafes of many Barnes & Noble stores. The restaurant established the pattern of featuring an eclectic menu, large portions, and signature cheesecakes.
In 1978, Evelyn’s son David opened a small salad-and-sandwich restaurant in Beverly Hills which sold 10 varieties of Overton’s cheesecakes on a one-page menu. In 1983, the Overtons opened a second restaurant in Marina del Rey. By 1987, the Beverly Hills location expanded into a 78-seat restaurant and experienced great financial success. This led to the opening of a third, larger location in Redondo Beach and by the end of the 1980s, The Cheesecake Factory’s one-page menu expanded to offer additional fast-food and short-order items.
In the 1990’s, the opening of the first Cheesecake Factory restaurant outside of Southern California was in Washington, D.C. The Cheesecake Factory was then incorporated in 1992 and went public in September of 1993. David Overton initiated a plan of opening three to four units a year in hopes of generating 25% annual increase in sales.
The company began changing its menu twice a year to add items like steaks, seafood and vegetarian dishes. The company continued to open new restaurants, and by 1995 was ranked 11th in the United States. As of April 2013, The Cheesecake Factory operated 162 restaurants under The Cheesecake Factory name in 36 states. Plaza Las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, opened its first Cheesecake Factory on August 28, 2013.
On January 25, 2011, the company expanded into the Middle East in a partnership with Kuwaiti retail franchising company M.H. Alshaya Co. In May 2014, The Cheesecake Factory announced the opening of the first Cheesecake Factory in Asia. The first Cheesecake Factory recently opened in Disneytown on June 16, 2016. As of December 2015, the Cheesecake Factory had eight locations in the Middle East in Dubai, Kuwait, another in Arabella, one in Saudi Arabia, one Abu Dhabi, and last at in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Cheesecake Factory Menu
With the pasta menu there are lunch-sized portions available until 5:00PM. Some of the most popular Cheesecake Factory pasta items include:
- TOMATO BASIL PASTA with grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, a touch of garlic and penne pasta. Light and fresh.
- SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS provides homemade meatballs with beef, Italian sausage and parmesan, served with specialty tomato sauce and fresh basil.
- FOUR CHEESE PASTA made with penne pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, romano and parmesan cheeses, marinara sauce and fresh basil.
“SUPER” FOODS LUNCH SPECIALS are nutrient-rich Cheesecake Factory specialties made from natural ingredients. Many are excellent sources of antioxidants. Some popular SUPER FOODS include:
- AVOCADO TOAST Grilled Artisan Bread Topped with Fresh Avocado, Marinated Tomato, Watercress, Radish and and Red Onion. Drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon.
- CALIFORNIA GUACAMOLE SALAD Mixed Greens, Avocado, Tomato, Corn, Black Beans, Onion, Radish, Crispy Tortillas, Feta Cheese.
- SUPER ANTIOXIDANT SALAD A Delicious Blend of Salad Greens, Spinach, Kale, Avocado, Broccoli, Grapes, Roasted Pear.
Cheesecake Factory Nutrition and Calories
While there are plenty of skinny, natural and nutritious items offered on the menu there are also plenty of filling and deliciously satisfying recipes more for taste than limited calories and other diet factors. While there is plenty to enjoy at any trip to the Cheesecake Factory there are always full nutrition details available for every possibly item in your meal.
Cheesecake Factory Menu Prices
Roadside Sliders for $8.95 offer bite-sized burgers on mini-buns served with grilled onions, pickles and ketchup. Avocado eggrolls at $9.95 provide avocado, sun-dried tomato, red onion and cilantro fried in a crisp wrapper. served with a tamarind-cashew dipping sauce. The famous fried macaroni and cheese is $9.95 and made of crispy crumb coated macaroni and cheese balls. Served over a creamy marinara sauce.
In the internationally eclectic menu are the chicken pot stickers for $8.95, made of oriental dumplings pan-fried in the classic tradition and served with soy-ginger sesame sauce. The quesadilla $9.95, or $11.95 with chicken, made from a grilled flour tortilla filled with melted cheese, green onions and chilies. garnished with guacamole, salsa and sour cream. There is the Caesar salad for $12.50, or $15.50 with chicken, with the almost traditional recipe providing tasty croutons, parmesan cheese and special Cheesecake Factory Caesar dressing. Then there is the fried shrimp platter for $15.50 and made up of lightly breaded and fried crisp with French fries and cole slaw.
In 1978, David Overton opened a small salad-and-sandwich shop in Beverly Hills which sold 10 varieties of Evelyn’s cheesecakes on a one-page menu. In 1983, the Overtons opened a second restaurant in Marina del Rey. There are now approximately 200 total locations worldwide. The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Cafe operates two bakery production facilities in Calabasas Hills, California and Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and licenses two bakery-based menus to other food service operators in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
David Overton designed the Grand Lux Cafe, a restaurant for The Venetian hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The restaurant is modeled after Italian, French, and Austrian styles and offers American, European, Thai, Malaysian, Caribbean cuisine and more. The Cheesecake Factory now operates thirteen Grand Lux Cafe restaurants and Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen contemporary Asian-fusion restaurant opened in 2008 at Century City in Los Angeles.
Cheesecake Factory Store Hours
Overall hours of operation are MON thru THURS, 11:00AM to 11:00PM, FRI & SAT, 11:00AM to 12:30AM, and SUN (Brunch served 10AM to 2PM) 10:00AM to 11:00PM.
Happy hour is available in the bar area Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Available discount items include select Specialty Cocktails, Well Drinks, Wines by the Glass, Beer and Appetizers. Check with any specific location for the happy hour menu details offered.