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The Cheesecake Factory story begins in Detroit, Michigan in the 1940’s. Evelyn Overton found a recipe in the local newspaper that would inspire her “Original” Cheesecake. Everyone loved her recipe so much that she decided to open a small Cheesecake shop, but she eventually gave up her dream of owning her own business in order to raise her two small 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.

Oscar and Evelyn Overton

In 1972, with their children grown, Evelyn and her husband Oscar decided to pack up all of their belongings and move to Los Angeles to make one last attempt at owning their own business. With the last of their savings, they opened The Cheesecake Factory Bakery and began selling Evelyn’s cheesecakes to restaurants throughout Los Angeles. Through hard work and determination their business grew to a modest size and Evelyn was soon baking more than 20 varieties of cheesecakes and other desserts.

With great foresight and intuition, their son David decided to open a restaurant to showcase his mother’s selection of cheesecakes. Somehow he just knew that guests would enjoy a restaurant with an extensive dessert menu. It was 1978 and he opened the first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA. The restaurant was an immediate success and today there are more than 200 The Cheesecake Factory restaurants around the world that share the Overton’s commitment to quality and spirit of innovation and hard work.

More than 250 dishes made fresh from scratch every day

DESSERTS
SMALL PLATES & SNACKS & APPETIZERS
SALADS
“SUPER” FOODS
FLATBREAD PIZZAS
LUNCH SPECIALS
GLAMBURGERS® & SANDWICHES
PASTAS

2019
Named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies To Work For®” for the Sixth Consecutive Year
The Cheesecake Factory ranked #25 and was the only restaurant company to be named on this prestigious list.

2018
Named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies To Work For®”
The Cheesecake Factory ranked #27 and was the only restaurant company to be named on this prestigious list.

2018
Named one of the FORTUNE “Best Workplaces for Diversity”
The Cheesecake Factory ranked #14 of this prestigious list that recognizes companies that create inclusive cultures for women, people of color, LGBTQ people, employees who are Boomers or older, and people who have disabilities.

2017
Named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies To Work For®”
The Cheesecake Factory ranked #48 on this prestigious list.

2017
Named Casual Dining Restaurant Brand of the Year in the Harris Poll EquiTrend®
The Cheesecake Factory ranked #1 in the Casual Dining category in The Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend® Study

2017
Nation’s Restaurant News Consumer Picks: Rated #1 for Food Quality
The Cheesecake Factory was rated #1 for food quality in this national survey of diners.

2016
Nation’s Restaurant News Consumer Picks: Overall Winner for Casual-Dining Restaurants
The Cheesecake Factory was voted favorite casual-dining restaurant in this national survey of diners.

2016
Named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies To Work For®”
This was The Cheesecake Factory’s third consecutive year on this prestigious list, and the second year as the only restaurant company to be included.

2015
Technomic’s Consumer Choice Award Winner
The Cheesecake Factory was recognized as the Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Award Winner for “Unique Items You Can’t Get Elsewhere.”

2015
Named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies To Work For®” 2015
The Cheesecake Factory ranked #88 and was the only restaurant company to be named on this prestigious list.

2015
Named one of the FORTUNE “50 Best Workplaces for Diversity”
The Cheesecake Factory ranked #46 and was the only restaurant company on the list.

2014
Named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies To Work For®” 2014
The Cheesecake Factory ranked #92, and was the only Los Angeles based company to be named on this prestigious list.

2014
Nation’s Restaurant News Consumer Picks: Overall Winner for Casual-Dining Restaurants
For the third year a row, The Cheesecake Factory was voted favorite casual-dining restaurant in this national survey of diners.

2014
Market Force “Favorite Casual-Dining Restaurant”
The Cheesecake Factory was named North America’s favorite casual-dining chain in this national survey of diners.

2013
FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired Companies List for 2013
The Cheesecake Factory is the #6 Most Admired Company in the Food Industry category.

2013
Nation’s Restaurant News Consumer Picks: Overall Winner for Casual-Dining Restaurants
For the second year a row, The Cheesecake Factory was voted favorite casual-dining restaurant in this national survey of diners.

2012
Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Award for “Healthful Innovations” for our SkinnyLicious Menu
The Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Award recognizes restaurants and their culinary teams for their “outstanding dedication and achievement in product introductions that set new standards in the industry based on menu innovation.”

2012
Nation’s Restaurant News Consumer Picks: Overall Winner for Casual-Dining Restaurants
The Cheesecake Factory was voted favorite casual-dining restaurant in this national survey of diners.

2011
Best Practices Award – People Report
This prestigious award is a special honor and is given in recognition of outstanding performance in management retention, hourly employee retention, composite diversity, year over year improvement and community involvement.

2010
Zagat Survey – Best Desserts and Best Salads
Over 6,500 food fans weighed voting on the best burgers, salads, coffee and more. The Cheesecake Factory picked up honors for Best Desserts and Best Salads in the ‘Full Service Chain’ category.

2010
Halo Gold Award – Best Cause Marketing Event
During September Hunger Action Month in 2009, The Cheesecake Factory embarked on a month long coast-to-coast ‘Drive Out Hunger’ Tour™. Cheesecake enthusiasts visited the tour stops and received a complimentary slice of Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake™ when they donated cans of soup for local food banks.

2009
Commitment to People Award from the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers
The Cheesecake Factory Founder & CEO, David Overton, is this year’s recipient of the CHART award. Created in 1993, this prestigious award is given annually to a CHART member’s CEO/president in the hospitality industry who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the development of his or her associates.

2009
Choice in Chains Gold Award in “Casual Dining” from Restaurants and Institutions Magazine
More than 3,100 consumers were asked to rate nearly 120 chain restaurants in the magazine’s annual Consumers’ Choice in Chains survey across eight customer satisfaction attributes: food quality, menu variety, value, service, atmosphere, cleanliness, reputation and convenience. Now in its 28th year, the Restaurants & Institutions award is a highly coveted honor and is recognized as a measure of success and guest satisfaction by restaurant chains across the country.

2009
SPIRIT Award from The Nation’s Restaurant News & The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
The SPIRIT Award is presented to a restaurant or food service operator who believes in enhancing employee satisfaction, which ultimately leads to achieving guest satisfaction. Winning companies have demonstrated excellence in areas relating to workforce recruitment, hiring, retention, education and training.

2009
“Best Value”, “Best Salad”, “Best Coffee”, “Best Appetizers”, and “Best Desserts” among Full-Service Restaurant Chains from Zagat Fast-Food Survey
Over 6,000 fans weighed in with their opinions on the best bets in value, salads, coffee and more. The Cheesecake Factory was a top pick in 5 categories!

2008
Choice in Chains Gold Award in “Casual Dining” from Restaurants and Institutions
More than 3,100 consumers were asked to rate nearly 120 chain restaurants in the magazine’s annual Consumers’ Choice in Chains survey across eight customer satisfaction attributes: food quality, menu variety, value, service, atmosphere, cleanliness, reputation and convenience. Now in its 28th year, the Restaurants & Institutions award is a highly coveted honor and is recognized as a measure of success and guest satisfaction by restaurant chains across the country.

2007
Zagat Survey “Most Popular Restaurant, Southern California & San Francisco”
For over 29 years Zagat Survey has been the most trusted, accurate and easy-to-use resource on where to Eat, Drink, Stay & Play in hundreds of cities worldwide.

2006
Choice in Chains Platinum Award in “Casual Dining” from Restaurants and Institutions Magazine
For the third time, consumers gave The Cheesecake Factory the top rating among casual dining concepts.

2005
MenuMasters Hall of Fame Award from Nation’s Restaurant News
The Cheesecake Factory Founder & CEO, David Overton, was honored with the “Hall of Fame” award for his outstanding contributions to menu design and foodservice research and development.

2003
Choice in Chains Guest Satisfaction Award in “Casual Dining” from Restaurants and Institutions Magazine
For the second consecutive year, consumers gave The Cheesecake Factory the top rating among casual dining concepts.

2003
Executive of the Year Award – David Overton from Restaurants and Institutions Magazine
Established in 1937, Restaurants and Institutions Magazine was a trade publication and web site serving the information needs of foodservice professionals at chains, independent restaurants, hotels and institutions.

2003
MenuMasters Award from Nation’s Restaurant News
The Cheesecake Factory Corporate Chef, Robert Okura, was honored with the “Chef Innovator Award” for his outstanding contributions to foodservice research and development.

2003
The NRN 50: R&D Culinarians Award from Nation’s Restaurant News
Corporate Chef Robert Okura was awarded the title of “one of the top 50 Research and Development Culinarians” in the country.

2003
Cheers Award for Beverage Excellence “Best Spirits Program” from Cheers Magazine
The Cheesecake Factory was honored with the “Best Spirits Program” award, which recognizes outstanding beverage programs, cutting-edge creativity and efforts that set the beverage standards for the rest of the industry.


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Address:
130 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone:
(941) 256-3760
Web:
https://locations.thecheesecakefactory.com/fl/sarasota/

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