The Power List 2017: David Overton

January 24, 2017

It’s going to be a big year for The Cheesecake Factory, a legacy casual-dining chain that has defied sluggish segment trends using its power as a customer favorite year after year after year.

The chain ended 2016 strong, as its September-ended third quarter was the company’s 27th consecutive quarter with positive same-store sales. The brand also was also ranked the No. 1 casual-dining restaurant in the Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Consumer Picks survey, earning top marks for food quality, cleanliness, reputation, likely to recommend and, unsurprisingly, menu variety.

How does it stay fresh?

It’s about meeting consumers where they