ELMHURST, Queens – New York City is on track to get its first Cheesecake Factory, and it’s coming to Queens, according to a spokeswoman for Community Board No. 4 in the borough.
The plan to bring the chain restaurant to Queens Center Mall still must be voted on by the full community board at a meeting next Tuesday, March 8, but the restaurant’s application has been approved, the spokeswoman said.
Once OK’d by the board, the restaurant will occupy a corner of the mall where the Children’s Place used to be and will have an indoor and outdoor entrance, the spokeswoman said.
The Cheesecake Factory has locations across New York – including in Westchester County and on Long Island – but none in the five boroughs.
It began in the 1940s as a small cheesecake shop in Detroit and closed when the found – Evelyn Overton – quit to raise her two children, the company said on its site. In the ‘70s, Overton and her husband moved to Los Angeles in a final attempt at starting their own business. The Cheesecake Factory Bakery grew and grew until Overton’s son created what is known today as The Cheesecake Factory, with nearly 200 locations around the world.