Two oversized red doors flanked by ornate, metal tile-encrusted and gold-overlaid columns, two Burmese Buddha statues and one dragon sculpture welcome guests to the 7,500 sq. ft. restaurant that boasts an exotic, yet comfortable feel.
When the idea of a third type of concept eatery came up for The Cheesecake Factory establishment, Rick McCormack, vice president of design for the corporation, says he opted to go for something “not too serious, a bit whimsical yet was stylish.”
According to The Cheesecake Factory, “The design and decor were inspired by a hotel in the Maldives and incorporates the resort feel of Southeast Asia…distinguished by soaring ceilings, hand-carved timber beams, limestone flooring and ornate Asian art, combined with the warm colors of saffron and plum inspired by the robes of Buddhist monks.” Yet another example of the team’s goal of emulating serenity within an eating establishment includes columns etched with Thai sayings on them, such as “Keep Your Heart Purified.”
Attention to detail also ranked high among the design team, which included: David Overton, The Cheesecake Factory founder and ceo; Ryan Gee, project manager; Amelie Hicks, interior designer; and Angela Allen, interior designer.
As McCormack’s first time “dealing with flooring product from China,” he felt apprehensive about conducting business with a manufacturer so far away. “Thankfully, Paolo from Gemstar Group USA, our tile and stone supplier, kept me at ease,” McCormack added. All the stone and tile used in this project was provided and installed by Gemstar Group USA in Houston, TX.
“The trip allowed us to do a better, cost-effective design - efficiently. It was a great experience, and I would definitely do it again.”