The Cheesecake Factory is famous for a lot more than just cheesecake.
The chain restaurant offers nearly 40 cheesecake varieties.
The Cheesecake Factory seems to hold a special place in the hearts of lots of people. It’s not a fast food restaurant, it’s not a chain bar and grill, it doesn’t shill to kids. Instead, it exists to extoll the virtues of the glorious cheesecake in all its calorie-laden greatness. But we bet that there are a whole lot of things about this chain that you didn’t know.
The Original Cheesecake Recipe Was Found in a Newspaper.
Evelyn Overton didn’t develop the original cheesecake recipe herself; she actually found it in a newspaper.
It started in a Detroit basement kitchen
After Overton put her dreams of opening her shop on hold, she moved her baking equipment down to the basement of her Detroit house and ran her business from there.
The first LA bakery was started with the last of the Overtons Savings
The company also owns 2 additional restaurant concepts
The Cheesecake Factory is also the parent company of Grand Lux Café (which has 13 locations, including one in Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel) and RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, whose sole location is in Century City, in Los Angeles.
There used to be a self-service Cheesecake Factory at Disney World’s
It closed in 2008, after the company’s contract with Disney expired.
Fortune Named It One of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ in 2014
Ranked at No. 92, it was the only Los Angeles company on the list.
It ships cheesecakes across the country
Harry & David handles its shipping; 27 different cheesecakes are available!
Recipes Are Available on the Cheesecake Factory Website
You can find them here. Just don’t expect to find a recipe for the cheesecake!
Cheesecake Factory does not post it nutrition facts online
The Cheesecake Factory is one of the few chains that doesn’t post any nutrition information online. The best we were able to find was this slightly outdated site, which doesn’t make any mention of fat, trans fat, cholesterol, or sugar.
The Chain Is Under Fire for Its Huge Portions and Unhealthy Food
Based on that site, the chicken Marsala contains 1,480 calories, the grilled chicken medallions measure 1,410 calories, the pasta carbonara with chicken weighs in at 2,290 calories, and one piece of the brownie sundae cheesecake equals 1,270 calories!
You can find a Cheesecake Factory at the bottom of an indoor Ski slope in Dubai.
The Dubai Cheesecake Factory is located at the bottom of an indoor ski resort, which means you can warm up with a 400-calorie hot chocolate and a few cocktails after a day on the slopes.