The Cheesecake Factory is a restaurant in Pasadena where Penny works to pay her bills, and where Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard often go to eat. Bernadette also works here for a period before she graduates and gets a better job.
Originally, Sheldon objected to eating there since at the time, they ate at Big Boy on Tuesdays. However, he enjoyed his burger from The Cheesecake Factory so much that he changed the schedule for them to eat at the Cheesecake Factory every Tuesday.
During Season 2 of the show, it is revealed that the Cheesecake Factory has a bar and a performance stage. Production-wise, this set was added because Kaley Cuoco (Penny) broke her leg while she was horseback riding, and the producers needed a way to hide her injury. Penny takes up bar-tending during this season, conveniently obscuring her legs from view.
There is an Olive Garden down the street.
Significance in the seriesEdit
The Cheesecake Factory is the primary source of Penny's income in the series. She works there as a waitress and bartender, and always serves the guys when they come in (albeit season 2). Bernadette also worked there as a waitress before getting her PhD.
The Cheesecake Factory serves free cheesecake slices on someone's birthday when they come in. However, it is against restaurant policy to give out free nachos.
Penny meets her on-and-off boyfriend Zack Johnson here, who works for a family run company that designed the menus for The Cheesecake Factory.
In addition, The Cheesecake Factory has a walk-in freezer in back, as seen in The Monopolar Expedition, where Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard simulated Arctic conditions to train for their 3 month expedition to the magnetic north pole.
Sheldon always orders the Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger with the barbecue, bacon and cheese on the side.
The Cheesecake Factory as depicted on the show bears little, if any, resemblance to the actual chain of restaurants (including the sole Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena, California) which typically have a more upscale decor than the restaurant depicted on the show. The restaurants are usually decorated in neutrals and reds with decor including elements such as (faux) stone columns. Restaurants do not typically have a stage or musical performances in them.
The uniforms depicted on the show also have no connection to the uniforms worn by actual Cheesecake Factory staff.
- Sheldon always orders the Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger with the barbecue, bacon and cheese on the side.
- The Cheesecake Factory on Wikipedia