Sneak peek inside the first Cheesecake Factory to open in Memphi - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Sneak peek inside the first Cheesecake Factory to open in Memphis

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If you've been to Wolfchase Galleria in the last few months, you've probably seen the progress on the outside of the Cheesecake Factory.

This week, it's what's happening inside that has people talking. 

This week, invitation only guests are getting a chance to preview the restaurant.  Thursday and Friday this week managers are
training the more than 300 new staff members.

Cori Walls is a sever who has lived in Memphis most of her life.  She is one of 12,000 applicants who showed interest in being a part of the new restaurant.  

"We have some invited guests to help us rehearse for the grand opening because we want to make sure that we are ready to deliver a phenomenal guest experience on Tuesday,” said Alethea Row, Senior Director of Public Relations for the Cheesecake Factory.

Thursday,  several modified menus rotated throughout the day so the staff learned to cook, plate and serve everything from the menu. That included more than 250 menu items, prepared fresh every day.  They are also open late and have brunch on Sunday.

But the talk of bringing a Cheesecake Factory to Memphis has always been a hot topic.  Early this year, Mayor AC Wharton announced that the restaurant chose Memphis as a new location. .

"I think it's gonna bring a lot of unity and opportunity to this city as a whole and kind of change the outlook of Memphis, TN and this mall in particular and I think we're gonna do a lot of great things here,” said Walls.

Friday, Mayor A C Wharton will participate in a ribbon cutting at 11:00 am.

The Cheesecake Factory is set to open at Wolfchase Galleria on September 1st. 

You can find more details, including their restaurant hours, by clicking here.

Mobile users, to see our photo gallery of the preview, click here.

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