Yorkdale's food options evolve with The Cheesecake Factory and CONCEPT
TORONTO — Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s food options continue to evolve with the addition of The Cheesecake Factory and CONCEPT; a new pop-up style store with revolving food options.
The Cheesecake Factory announced plans to open its first Canadian location this fall at the shopping centre.
“For nearly 40 years, The Cheesecake Factory has been known for creating delicious, memorable experiences for tens of thousands of Canadians visiting the U.S.,” CEO David Overton said in a release. “We are now delighted to be expanding into Canada.”
The full-service restaurant’s menu boasts more than 50 signature cheesecakes and desserts as well as a lenthgy list of entrees including pizzas, its glamburger, sandwiches pasta and steaks.
The Yorkdale location will span more than 10,400 square feet and include two covered patios.
As well, the restaurant will feature imported limestone floors and custom wood columns, hand painted murals and modern lighting.
To create CONCEPT, Yorkdale turned to a few favourite flavours from Toronto.
Located near the TTC entrance at the mall, CONCEPT is a space devoted to “new thinking,” and will feature a rotation of new tastes, trends and technology. The first installment of CONCEPT runs until April 30.
For its April debut, the pop-up style space recruited Caplanky’s Deli, which specializes in smoked meat and other Jewish delicacies, as well as Uncle Tetsu, which opened to lengthy lines when its first location outside of Asia opened in Toronto.
CONCEPT also includes:
Nadia’s Chocolates, a chocolate art concept featuring three foot high edible Easter garden sculptures.
Pie Squared, an eatery built around English-style meat pies fused with new flavours and wrapped in a pastry pocket.
Nugateau, Toronto’s first éclair only pastry shop that offers variety of éclairs both in sweet and savoury flavours featuring seasonal ingredients.
Eva’s Original Chimneys, a traditional Hungarian treat. Eva’s Chimney Cones are filled with soft-serve ice cream and homemade toppings. Exclusive to CONCEPT is the Decadent Drip Cake Cone (dripping with chocolate ganache; spread with peanut butter; layered with chopped roasted peanuts and salted caramel sauce; topped with more salted caramel sauce, peanut brittle, toffee shard, caramel popcorn, a cocoa-filled wafer roll and a chocolate peanut butter macaron) and the Matcha Crunch Cone featuring matcha syrup made with ceremonial matcha tea and crunchy Matcha KitKat bits.