Did you, like us, think that some of the best restaurants in NYC were family owned and operated establishments that have been around for years?
Or are you a fan of the Fridays, McDonalds, and Subways that litter our culinary scene?
Well, regardless of how you feel about chains, New York City is about to get another of its first huge franchise restaurants: The Cheesecake Factory.
According to Eater, this suburban mall chain is expanding to the concrete jungle, with plans to open their first location in the Big Apple in the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst.
Eater reports that the restaurant will hold approximately 180 diners indoors, with another 50 seats for outdoor dining.
The new restaurant will replace the location formerly occupied by the Verizon store and the Children's Place.
If you've never had the opportunity to dine at the The Cheesecake Factory, be prepared for a boatload of indecision and menu anxiety.
It's known for its massive menu, with over 250 menu items that are all made onsite, and a choice of 50 types of cheesecake.
Though it's currently a massive franchise with 200 locations spanning across the country, it originally opened as a mere bakery in the 1940s, specializing in cheesecake. In 1978, the first modern version of the Cheesecake Factory that we know today opened in Beverly Hills, CA.
Yes, pretty much all New Yorkers hate chains, but we're on the fence about a Cheesecake Factory hitting our city.
Sure, you'll pretty much have your New Yorker title stripped if you EVER consider purchasing a cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory when we have so many incredible options for a true New York cheesecake.
But we are pretty excited for their avocado egg rolls, warm bread, and spicy crispy chicken sandwich. Well. maybe just the avocado egg rolls. But whatever.[via Eater] [Feature Image Courtesy JFMCon.com]