The original cheesecake that launched the restaurant chain was baked in the 1940s. Evelyn Overton took a local newspaper recipe and made it her own. Evelyn's “Original” Cheesecake was so popular, she was encouraged to open her own shop in Detroit, Michigan. But owning a business was challenging with two small children, so Evelyn eventually closed the shop and moved her equipment to her basement. She continued to supply cakes to area restaurants until her children were grown. In 1972, Evelyn and her husband Oscar moved to Los Angeles to give Evelyn's dream of owning her own business another shot. They opened The Cheesecake Factory Bakery, and were soon providing more than 20 varieties of cheesecakes to the city's restaurants. In 1978, Evelyn's son David opened the first restaurant. Today there are more than 200 of the restaurant chain around the world. Source: https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/about-us/
The Cheesecake Factory is a staple restaurant of many an American mall. On weekends, in particular, you can see long lines of people waiting for a free table at this eatery. By the way, they serve much more than cheesecake slices. The menu, if you haven’t yet tried this restaurant, is a thick binder of cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and even soups and salads for the more health conscious (who find themselves in one of the Factory’s booths celebrating a birthday or office accomplishment). This tasty quiz tests your nutritional know-how. We’ll provide a menu item and ask you to guess the correct calorie count. Of course, we’ve gone to the restaurant’s own nutritional info for the numbers; if we asked you the number would probably be the same every time: zero calories!
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