Cheesecake Factory opens first Louisiana location

The Cheesecake Factory®, which has 170 locations nationwide, is opening its newest location -- and the first in Louisiana -- at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

The 9,300-square-foot restaurant can seat 245 people and features French limestone floors and decorative columns and hand-painted murals.

The chain built its reputation on an extensive menu -- more than 200 selections -- with large portions.

Restaurants reportedly average $10 million a year in sales.