Fifteen years after Minnesota’s first outpost of the Cheesecake Factory landed at Southdale in Edina (pictured, above, in a 2005 Star Tribune file photo), a second one is opening. This time, the chain is going into another shopping center, and no, it's not the Mall of America.
It's Ridgedale in Minnetonka.
The glitzy, gigantic restaurant will land on the shopping center’s upper level, at the mall’s east end, and will include a patio. No specific opening date yet, at least beyond “this fall.”
The Cheesecake Factory, which started nearly 40 years ago, now operates nearly 200 locations nationwide, serving a menu of 250-plus dishes, along with more than 30 varieties of cheesecake.