Cheesecake Factory to Debut Fast-Casual Social Monk Asian Kitchen

First location of pan-Asian concept to open this fall in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Cheesecake Factory Inc. said Friday it will open the first location of Social Monk Asian Kitchen, a pan-Asian fast-casual concept, this fall, offering new details on a spinoff the company had discussed — but remained tight-lipped on — for over a year.

The restaurant, which will open in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is the Calabasas Hills, Calif.-based company’s second foray into Asian cuisine. Its first, RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen, currently has two locations.

Social Monk’s name, according to a spokeswoman for the brand, “is a playful but intentional juxtaposition of the concept’s social appeal and its warm, understated charm.”

Mohan Ismail, RockSugar’s Singapore-raised chef, created the Social Monk menu and will lead its culinary operations. But the new concept will “stand apart from any comparisons to its parent company,” the company said.


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