I know it's silly, but the first thing I thought of when I heard the news of the new Cheesecake Factory coming to West Michigan is Penny Hofstadter would be happy.

Penny, the fictional lead female character. who worked at Cheesecake Factory, from The Big Bang Theory, which is ending is twelve season run in May.

While Penny is fictional, The Cheesecake Factory is real, and it's coming to Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids. That mall, on 28th Street in Kentwood, is in the process of reinventing itself, replacing dying retailers like Sears, and JC Penny with destination anchors like Cheesecake Factory and Black Rock Bar and Grill (which is already open in Portage, though not attached to any shopping center).

The California-based chain has almost 200 location around the United States, but the Woodland Mall site will be only the second one in Michigan; Novi being the other, in the Detroit area.

The restaurant's menu feature a full menu line up, but cheesecake is its calling card. A quick Google search shows the Oreo cheesecake carries with it 1630 calories, the Red Velvet just less than that. They have great salads, too.

Expect the restaurant to open in October this year.







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