Yeah baby... the first Utah Cheesecake Factory opens here in Salt Lake today.
I can't remember a restaurant opening here that has garnered more press than this crappy old chain restaurant. I wonder just how many 6000 calorie cakes they sent out anyway!!?
This is the restaurant that served as the ictus for our esteemed Liquor Control Board to ask for more than glass barricades to block the view of The Evil Alcohol from the tender view of the fat-cake eating public.
The dude from Commerce CRG, or whatever, said in the paper that "It's like Utah has finally arrived..."
Arrived at what exactly? What we DON'T need is more chain restaurants.
Incidentally, the only reason we don't have more of the up-scale restaurants here is because of the stupid liquor laws. Cheesecake Factory was forced to change the way it does business here in Utah, because they will lose money on the liquor service compared to their other restaurants. See, in their others, they have ACTUAL BARS, with stools and everything! GASP!
Here, it's scaled back, and patrons must sit at tables in a small cordoned off area and be waited upon. With watery drinks.
The reason they were willing to make the concession? IT'S BECAUSE WE FAT UTAHNS WILL BUY MORE DESSERT THAN ANY OTHER OF THEIR RESTAURANTS.
Well, THAT'S a good thing.
And by the way, the place I came here from had a CF more than 2 decades ago. It's just not that big a deal. It's a CHAIN.