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Cheesecake Factory

Operations

First-quarter curveballs can’t stop The Cheesecake Factory

Despite omicron and the war in Ukraine, executives said it's been the most stable period since the start of the pandemic.

Financing

High gas prices may be keeping customers from making longer trips to visit restaurants

The Bottom Line: A Placer.ai analysis found customers are less willing to drive long distances to visit Sonic or The Cheesecake Factory, suggesting a quiet impact of inflation on dining habits.

Strong sales paired with higher prices have the chain set up for a big year, executives said.

A self-avowed perpetual entrepreneur, Restaurant Leader of the Year finalist David Overton relies heavily on personal preferences and his own tastes in running what's now a multi-billion-dollar company sporting a multitude of brands.

Restaurants are developing new strategies to navigate product shortages, delays and distribution headaches.

The chain’s sales have recovered from the pandemic and accelerated, while more than a quarter of them are for takeout and delivery.

In the nearly 30 years since opening his first restaurant, Fox has become a concept developer whose ideas regularly get scooped up by big-time investors and chains.

The recent flurry of earnings reports shows a sector enjoying a clear boom. The question is, will it last?

The polished casual chain will invest in new database technology and the development of an "on-brand" loyalty program. Messaging will focus on raising awareness of the brand.

Staffing challenges aren't hampering sales, which are running 10% over pre-pandemic levels.

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