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Our Story

Oscar and Evelyn Overton always dreamed of owning a successful family business. An excellent cook, Evelyn’s passion for baking led to the creation of her original cheesecake, a hit with everyone who tried it. By the early 1950’s, while raising her two young children, David and Renee, Evelyn converted their basement into a professional bakery and supplied her original cheesecakes to the best local restaurants in her hometown of Detroit.

In 1972, once their children were grown, Oscar and Evelyn decided to move their business westward. Using the last of their savings, they opened a small bakery in Los Angeles to sell their signature cheesecakes. They called it The Cheesecake Factory®. The original cheesecake inspired their son David to create an original restaurant, unique to this day, and in 1978, he opened The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Beverly Hills, California.

With little knowledge of how to run a restaurant but lots of intuition, David set out to create a dining experience guests wouldn’t soon forget – generous portions with hundreds of creative menu selections handmade from scratch with the finest quality ingredients served in a warm and inviting setting.

There weren’t any shortcuts – just delicious, fresh food.

The restaurant was an immediate success!

Today, The Cheesecake Factory continues to be led and inspired by the Overtons’ original spirit of innovation, quality, passion and commitment to excellence.

Now more people than ever enjoy The Cheesecake Factory’s original food and desserts, around the world.

Our Promise

We are dedicated to bringing you the best possible food and service.

We prepare our food fresh each day using the highest quality ingredients available.

We make every soup, sauce, dressing and marinade fresh from scratch. We hand-make every eggroll, bread every chicken breast, grate our cheese, freshly dice our vegetables, and make our famous mashed potatoes from scratch throughout the day. We source not only the highest quality ingredients, but also those that are sustainably grown, harvested and raised that meet our specifications, whenever available. We hope you will taste the difference.