Another big national restaurant chain is getting ready to open its first location in Louisiana.
"Construction is underway on ... The Cheesecake Factory at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie," spokeswoman Tricia Thriffiley Phillpott said in a news release. "The Cheesecake Factory created the upscale casual dining segment in 1978 with the opening of its first restaurant in Beverly Hills, California."
There are now some 170 locations, but none in Louisiana.
"The Cheesecake Factory... is known across the globe for its extensive and creative menu, generous portions, distinctive decor and legendary desserts."
Phillpott says that the Metairie location of The Cheesecake Factory will be just outside of the North Causeway entrance of the Shopping Center.
It is expected to open in May of this year.
It comes as dozens of national chains that were never in the New Orleans area before opened in the region as the national economy tanked and the post-Katrina New Orleans economy thrived.