New York will never be the same. The Cheesecake Factory, also known as the No. 1 restaurant of professional athletes everywhere, is opening its first New York City location this year, and it will be in a mall, of course. Known for its insanely unhealthy food, dozens of cheesecake flavors, and otherwise very lengthy menu, the ordinary suburban chain is landing in Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall, which is also home to Shake Shack. It should open, reps say, sometime this winter. The local community board estimates there will be seating for 180 indoors, with additional capacity for 50 in the outdoor patio, which could make it a pretty major nightlife destination next summer. Whether New York Knicks rookie and super fan Kristaps Porzingis will attend the opening has not yet been confirmed.
It’s happening. Photo: The Cheesecake Factory/Facebook