- Neighborhood: Center City West
- 1430 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Cuisine: American
In her latest Changing Skyline column, Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, whose taste is
fairly impeccable, calls the building coming to the 15th and Walnut “visually sublime,” “intellectually rich” and “sophisticated.” Best of all, she says the all-glass, three-story cube will be “one of the city’s finest new buildings.” Not exactly what comes to mind when you think “Cheesecake Factory.”
Have you ever been stopped by a tourist asking where the Center City Cheesecake Factory is located? Did you look down, shuffle your feet and mumble, “all the factories left Philadelphia decades ago?” Did you ever try and counter the blank stares over our Cheesecake Factory void with a suggestion of one of Philadelphia’s independent restaurants? Were you stopped short, because these tourists were looking at you with some sort of pity? They somehow felt sorry for you, because you had never eaten a 3,000+ calorie plus Bistro Shrimp Pasta? Well guess what, you’ll soon be able proudly point these chain-loving Philistines towards 15th and Walnut. The new six level project will offer two levels of Cheesecake Factory enjoyment, complete with an outdoor terrace.
Cheesecake Factory has been rumored to be heading to the corner of 15th and Walnut since May of 2012, but yesterday’s Center City Residents Association meeting was the first time it was publicly acknowledged. The neighborhood association’s endorsement can go along way with the Philadelphia Zoning Board, which will have final say on the project.
And if Cheesecake Factory’s make you groan, maybe there is some solace that a UNIQLO should be in the shiny new building.
15th and Walnut [Official Site]
The Korean restaurant Miga has closed on 15th Street, presumably to make way for the new four story building coming to 15th and Walnut. Signs on the door only announce its closing, no hint that the restaurant might reopen elsewhere.
Next door, Elixr Coffee is preparing to move next to the Chipotle on Walnut Street (the new Elixr will be on Sydenham Street side) but tonight they’re having a staff art reception at 7 p.m. called Elixr? I hardly know her.
The new building that will replace the existing two story structure stretching from Walnut to Chancellor will reportedly have Center City’s first Cheesecake Factory and an Uniqlo on the third and fourth floors.
Good Dog’s Packed, Let’s Go to Cheesecake Factory??? [f8b8z]
New Building at 15th and Walnut Street Apparently Moving Forward [Naked Philly]