Home  »    
Unclaimed Profiles
Restaurants / Food, Bakeries, Italian Restaurant / Pizza, Bar / Grill
455 Menlo Park Dr Edison, New Jersey 08837 United States
P: (732) 494-7000   Website: Click Here

About Us

Few people have achieved in their lifetimes what the Overtons accomplished during theirs. With a great deal of courage and determination, Oscar and Evelyn Overton realized their dream - to own a successful business.

Evelyn and Oscar Overton

Always known as an excellent cook, Evelyn created her Original Cheesecake recipe that everyone loved. By the late 1940's, she opened a small cheesecake shop in Detroit. In order to raise her two small children, David and Renee, Evelyn chose to put off her dream and gave up the shop. She moved her baking to a kitchen in her basement and continued to supply cakes to several of the best local restaurants. 

In 1972, with their children grown, Evelyn and Oscar, now in their early 50's, decided to move their cheesecake business to Los Angeles. With the last of their savings, they opened a 700 square foot store, "The Cheesecake Factory". Those early years were extremely lean and sometimes very difficult. Evelyn and Oscar often worked 18-hour days. Evelyn baked and managed the office while Oscar concentrated on selling the cakes and building new accounts.

Original 1978 Menu - Click to Enlarge

Finding that Los Angeles loved their cheesecakes as much as Detroit, their reputation and sales grew, creating a need for a larger bakery. 1975 marked the beginning of the most creative and productive period of their business endeavors. With their new and improved bakery, Evelyn created over 20 varieties of her delicious cheesecakes and other fantastic desserts, which were sold to hundreds of wholesale accounts. Oscar purchased delivery trucks, hired drivers, expanded their cheesecake distribution from Santa Barbara to San Diego and developed additional out-of-state customers. Their tireless efforts, commitment to quality and innovative product development laid the foundation for The Cheesecake Factory's future success. 

In 1978, their son David founded The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. With little knowledge of how to run a full scale restaurant but lots of intuition into what makes a dining experience great, David set out to offer their guests an experience they wouldn't soon forget - generous portions with unlimited, inventive menu selections all made fresh with quality ingredients and served in a warm and casually comfortable setting. The restaurant was an immediate success! Just over 30 years later with close to 170 locations, the success of The Cheesecake Factory has even surpassed the Overtons' wildest dreams making The Cheesecake Factory a great American success story.

Cheesecake Factory Menlo has 3 Reviews

Sort By: Most Helpful  |  Recent |  Ratings  
We've been here many times over the last few years and the place is OK, but nothing special. It's a chain restaurant, and it feels like it. Like food comes out of a conveyor belt. It's always busy though and food comes out relatively quickly and is of average quality (not bad, but nothing that I really remembered). Cheesecake slices are unnecessarily expensive; seems like you are paying for the brand more than the food.
I always enjoy going to this place because the food is great and there is a lot of great selections. I think the best part about this place is that the staff really seems to understand the customer. If someone has a food allergy, they will make sure to let you know what other options are there. It is nice to go to a place where you feel welcomed and cared for.
Food as always was great, especially the fried mac and cheese appetizer. Big complaint for me was how expensive the bottles of wine were and service was pretty slow for not being that busy. Overall though Id go back