Cheesecake Factory will open up on Walnut Street in modern glass building
The Cheesecake Factory will open its first Center City franchise at 15th & Walnut Streets, a block away from the Aria Condominiums at 15th & Locust Streets. It will be housed in a three storey glass building with a very sophisticated modern design. The building is being designed by Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson, the same firm that designed the Apple Store on the next block, and built by Midwood Investment & Development. It will be covered in thick glass and have steel girders visible from the outside. The Cheesecake Factory will be on the entire second floor and the first floor will have one or two retail spaces that haven’t been rented yet. The third floor will be used as office space. Each floor will have separate entrances on the street level. Three existing buildings at the site will be demolished to make way for the new building. The site once had the Hotel Flanders, which was demolished in the 1940s.