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Rejoice, Canadians: Cheesecake Factory Is Coming

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• Drake must be so excited. Cultishly beloved casual restaurant chain Cheesecake Factory will open its first-ever Canadian location, in suburban Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, later this year. Stateside, the brand is best known for its sprawling menu (with items ranging from carb-bomb pastas to old-school steak Diane to burritos). Perhaps not surprisingly, Toronto’s favorite son, Drake, is a fan — he’s already filmed a video in a Cheesecake Factory-esque restaurant, during which on-camera girlfriend Tyra Banks shoves cake in the musician’s cheating face.

• The first of the three new concepts inside New York City’s storied Four Seasons space will open any day now: Eater NY reports that the Grill hosted friends and family over the weekend, usually a sign that doors will soon swing open to the public. Major Food Group’s revamp of the space, famously inside the Seagram Building, is one of the restaurant industry’s biggest stories of the year.

• Yesterday, during an interview with Fox Business that has since gone viral, Trump revealed that he informed Chinese President Xi Jinping about the April 6 Syrian airstrikes over “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake” at his Mar-a-Lago property. As the AV Club points out, the cake does look pretty good — good enough for the President to temporarily forget that he’d ordered strike over Syria, and not Iraq (as he originally stated).

• Not everyone hated that Pepsi protest ad that spawned internet furor (and many a last-night joke) last week. According to one poll conducted by Morning Consult, 44% of respondents said they viewed the brand “more favorably” after watching the spot, which suggested that police and protests would just get along if only Kendall Jenner was around to distribute bottles of Pepsi (ugh nope, the ad is still bad).

• The 2017 Welcome Conference — a hospitality-minded event co-produced each year by Eleven Madison Park’s Will Guidara — has announced its theme and line-up. Sean Brock, David Chang, and Blackberry Farm’s Mary Celeste Beall are among the confirmed speakers who will be tackling the theme of “conflict.”

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