ELMHURST, Queens – The path is clear for the Cheesecake Factory to erect its first location in the five boroughs, after leaders in Elmhurst approved the restaurant’s plan to come to the Queens Center Mall.
Community Board No. 4 on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the restaurant’s sidewalk café, the portion of the Cheesecake Factory’s plan that needed city approval to proceed, a spokesman for the board said.
Now that the sidewalk café has been OK’d, it’s up to the restaurant to set its construction timeline, but a representative of the eatery chain said the building should be complete by winter of this year, the spokesman said.
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 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.