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METAIRIE, La. -- Construction is underway on a 9,300 square foot The Cheesecake Factory at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana.

The Metairie location of The Cheesecake Factory will be just outside of the North Causeway entrance of the Shopping Center and will feature three dining rooms, two patios, a bar, a bakery and valet parking.

In conjunction with this expansion, the Causeway entrance of Lakeside Shopping Center will also be redesigned.

The newly designed mall entrance and restaurant are expected to open in May of 2014. Greater Lakeside Corporation, which owns Lakeside Shopping Center, is taking steps to create a one of a kind shopping experience for customers. In the fall of 2013, Lakeside Shopping Center welcomed four unique stores to the market- Pandora, The Engraving Company, Well and Janie and Jack- and unveiled a multi-million dollar food court renovation.

In 2014, Lakeside Shopping Center will become home to the state's first The Cheesecake Factory and Vera Bradley store.

'Customers travel to Lakeside from all over the Gulf Coast region expecting to find all of their favorite stores in one center; we deemed it time to add another one of their favorite restaurants. Lakeside Shopping Center is the perfect home for The Cheesecake Factory and we're pleased to work with the company and the city to help bring jobs by way of a leading dining establishment to the community,' said Jeffery Feil, President of Greater Lakeside Corporation.

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