It's finally happening... West Michigan is getting its first Cheesecake Factory! It was announced Thursday morning by PREIT, the owner of Woodland Mall.

In an effort to elevate the dining experience and expand the mall’s trade area, PREIT has executed a lease with The Cheesecake Factory...

The restaurant is expected to open in late October. This will make it the second location in Michigan. The other one opened in 2013 at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. As someone who is originally from that area... I kid you not, till this day, the wait for a table at the Cheesecake Factory is still about 2 hours long. I expect it to be no different once they open their doors in Grand Rapids.

Cheesecake Factory's CEO said in a statement

...we’re so pleased to be opening our first restaurant in Grand Rapids. We look forward to opening in Woodland Mall this fall.

Based on the rendering, the 8,500-sq. foot restaurant will be located in front of the North Face store entrance.

This is all part of the major renovation that Woodland Mall is undergoing. Black Rock Bar & Grill will be opening later this summer while Von Maur, REI, Urban Outfitters & Tricho Salon all opening sometime in 2019.

If you haven't been to the Cheesecake Factory, you're definitely in for a treat and LOTS of food.