Preparations underway for Cheesecake Factory opening next week

The display of cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

Preparations are underway for next week's grand opening of one of the most anticipated restaurants to come to Central New York.

Thursday and Friday, staff at the brand new Cheesecake Factory at Destiny USA will be going through important training exercises. More than 1,500 people have been invited to take part and enjoy complimentary meals to help the staff prepare for the restaurant's opening Tuesday, February 11th.

"We have more than 165 restaurants, and our guests really come to us looking for a delicious meal, a fantastic experience and wonderful hospitality," says Alethea Rowe, Senior Director of Public Relations. "We've hired a fantastic staff here in Syracuse and are so excited to bring that same experience to guests here."

The Cheesecake Factory has hired nearly 300 people for this Central New York location. It received more than 5,000 applications. The restaurant will seat 310 patrons in its 10,350 square foot dining room.

The menu features more than 250 items, and of course there is the cheesecake. They say they will have more than 30 varieties on hand.

The new restaurant is located on the first floor of the Destiny USA expansion and will also feature an outside entrance.