After years of rumors and wishful thinking, one of East Tennessee's most anticipated restaurants is almost ready to open its doors. The Cheesecake Factory is just about ready for business.
Right now the restaurant is in a staff training period. Servers and chefs are basically testing things out with a few lucky practice customers.
The Cheesecake Factory is of course best known for its dozens of cheesecake varieties, but managers say they have plenty of other menu items including low-cal options.
"We have more than 200 items on plus 50 items on our Skinnylicious menu, which are 500 calories or less, from soups to salads, sandwiches, steaks, pasta-- you name it, we have it on our menu here at the Cheesecake Factory," said Alethia Rowe.
This is our region's first Cheesecake Factory; it's right next to West Town Mall.
Opening day is Monday.